This is Carolina: 11-year-old exchanges birthday party for service party

Updated: Jun. 17, 2020 at 5:49 PM EDT
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HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) - Not every almost 11-year-old would want to give up her birthday party and gifts to bring color to the lives of others instead.

However, that’s what Adison Goss did Sunday at Sea Haven, an Horry County non-profit for youth in crisis.

“I think helping people is really fun so I decided to do this,” Goss said. “We looked around, I think there was a neighborhood place we could’ve done something for, but my mom and I decided to do this place because they really needed some volunteers and there’s a lot of stuff we could do here.”

Goss, a member of Ignite Church, partnered with Sea Haven for Youth, a crisis center providing shelter and help for kids in need. She showed up with shovels, mulch and flowers to help beautify the property off Highway 57.

“She gave up her 11th birthday party to sponsor this and do missionary work. This is her choice to come and help the youth that live here at Sea Haven,” Julie McGorty, Sea Haven’s development director, said. “Today they’re going to be planting some flowers out there, we’ll be painting some accent walls inside the home and possibly be hanging some televisions in the rec room. And they brought also 100 meals for us, frozen meals today, which is a blessing.”

McGorty said volunteers keep the non-profit going.

“That is the backbone of our non-profit. Without our volunteer base we would not be able to sustain. Volunteers are very important to any non-profit, but we especially cherish them here at Sea Haven.”

Goss said there is always something for someone to do, no matter their age.

“God put it on my heart for me to do this for other people,” she said.

For more information on Sea Haven, its mission or to volunteer, click here to be redirected to the non-profit’s website.

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