Girl Gives Back to Community with Newspaper Stands


WARD, Ark. – Be kind, love, live life are not just words for 13-year-old Samantha McDougald. 

They are her mission. 

“In this one, we have some beans some cereal toothbrushes and then toothpaste and then some lotion in this one.”

Near the city pond in the small town of Ward

“Get some newspaper machines and paint them..”

Bright blue boxes saying “helping others” do just that. 

“Used to (cut) it was almost payday and we would need something and so that kind of inspired it,” Samantha says. 

With the help of her family, this 6th grader recycled old newspaper vending machines, she fills them every month. 

“Spend around $100.”

Toiletries, baby items, food, all free for her neighbors in need. 

“Pretty much every time we put stuff out; its gone in a couple days,” she says. 

Convincing the mayor of her idea was an open and shut case and the response from the community. 

“That’s a great idea, we’ll help you help you. We put it out on Facebook.”

Even more positive…

“It’s been going good everybody been helping.”

It may just be a small display of kindness.  

“Just seeing other people that need help.”

But Samantha’s actions are speaking louder than her words. 

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