She may have been too young to officially volunteer her time but at 14, Arielle Davis found another way to help her local Ronald McDonald House.
“I looked on their website and it said they needed toothbrushes,” said Davis, now 18. “It’s only a dollar a toothbrush, so even a child can afford to donate one.”
But Davis went further than just donating one toothbrush. She contacted every dentist she could find in a 10-mile radius, set up a collection bin at her school and contacted her local newspaper for some media attention. Within six to eight months she had managed to collect 1,500 toothbrushes and 1,000 tubes of toothpaste.