"Malayna Stober, 13, of Oklahoma City, Okla., a seventh-grader at Carl Albert Middle School, initiated two annual collection drives in her community to buy diapers for the infants of families at a local crisis center and to provide needed items to foster and homeless children. She also participates in efforts to collect shoes for children in need, mentor elementary school kids, promote pet adoptions and encourage organ donations. Malayna started volunteering with her mother when she was 5 years old. There wasnt a lot I could do then but I was always happy after an event because I love helping others, she said. As I got older, I looked for organizations where I could make a difference.
While competing in the National American Miss Pageant, Malayna learned about the needs of an infant crisis center in her city, and began a yearly drive called Dollars for Diapers. She also discovered a school for homeless kids and an organization that supports foster children, so Malayna launched an annual drive to benefit them, asking people in her community to clean out their childrens rooms and donate new or gently-used items. In addition, she has participated in local parades and street cleanups. She has also helped to raise more than $2,000 as a member of the Childrens Miracle Network Hospital Teen Board in her city. Through all of these activities, I work to make someones day a little happier and give them hope for a brighter tomorrow, said Malayna.