Midlands teen gives back to homeless children on their birthdays - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

Midlands teen gives back to homeless children on their birthdays

(Source: WIS) (Source: WIS)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

A Midlands teen is hoping to make sure that South Carolina’s homeless children will never go without a birthday gift again.

Madison Dinkins, 17, launched the birthday box, a project that aims to provide gifts to homeless children on their birthday.

It's a part of her ongoing mission that she started nearly one year ago.

All of this started in honor of her friend who passed away in a car wreck in 2015.

"McKenzie Cook passed away in a car accident. she loved giving back to her community, she would go to Uganda and she loved the street children there," Madison said. "I thought maybe bringing it back - she loved doing stuff for them so I thought to bring it back to South Carolina to the United States."

Dinkins has at least 5 boxes in homeless shelters here in the Midlands including at St. Lawrence place and Sister Care.

"The homeless children here are almost the same as there. She loved doing stuff for them so I thought if I continued her legacy here then she would be happy as she could be in heaven,” Madison said. 

Throughout the year Dinkins fills the box with gifts for boys and girls. She has donated more than 200 gifts to children and families in need since launching her project in August 2016.

As she approaches the one-year anniversary of her mission to give back,  she's trying to spread awareness and hoping to add more boxes in the Upstate and Lowcountry.

TheBirthdayBox.rocks allow you to donate and read about her mission. You can visit the link here: https://www.thebirthdaybox.rocks/ 

Copyright 2017 WIS. All rights reserved. 

  • South Carolina news on WIStv.comNEWSMore>>

  • Police: Woman was living with dead body for possibly a year

    Police: Woman was living with dead body for possibly a year

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 9:04 PM EDT2018-04-25 01:04:21 GMT
    Tuesday, April 24 2018 9:04 PM EDT2018-04-25 01:04:21 GMT
    The woman was living with the body of her 68-year-old boyfriend near Detroit. (Source: WDIV/CNN)The woman was living with the body of her 68-year-old boyfriend near Detroit. (Source: WDIV/CNN)

    The woman was living with the body of her 68-year-old boyfriend near Detroit.

    More >>

    The woman was living with the body of her 68-year-old boyfriend near Detroit.

    More >>
  • Online post suggests rampage suspect may have resented women

    Online post suggests rampage suspect may have resented women

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 12:25 AM EDT2018-04-24 04:25:49 GMT
    Tuesday, April 24 2018 8:59 PM EDT2018-04-25 00:59:10 GMT
    (Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Canadian Press via AP). Officials carry a body into a vehicle after a van mounted a sidewalk crashing into pedestrians in Toronto on Monday, April 23, 2018. The rented van jumped onto the crowded sidewalk Monday, killing and i...(Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Canadian Press via AP). Officials carry a body into a vehicle after a van mounted a sidewalk crashing into pedestrians in Toronto on Monday, April 23, 2018. The rented van jumped onto the crowded sidewalk Monday, killing and i...

    Police in Canada's biggest city are piecing together witness accounts and surveillance video trying to determine why a driver plowed a rented van along a crowded sidewalk, killing 10 people and injuring 15 in what...

    More >>

    Police in Canada's biggest city are piecing together witness accounts and surveillance video trying to determine why a driver plowed a rented van along a crowded sidewalk, killing 10 people and injuring 15 in what many said seemed a deliberate attack.

    More >>
  • The Latest: Trump urges VA nominee to keep fighting

    The Latest: Trump urges VA nominee to keep fighting

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 9:46 AM EDT2018-04-24 13:46:17 GMT
    Tuesday, April 24 2018 8:57 PM EDT2018-04-25 00:57:31 GMT
    (AP Photo/Alex Brandon). In this April 16, 2018, photo, U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, M.D., sits with Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Veteran's Affairs Committee, before their meeting on Capitol Hilin Washington. Jackson is President D...(AP Photo/Alex Brandon). In this April 16, 2018, photo, U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, M.D., sits with Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Veteran's Affairs Committee, before their meeting on Capitol Hilin Washington. Jackson is President D...

    The White House is standing behind Ronny Jackson, President Donald Trump's choice to be Veterans Affairs secretary amid growing questions about his qualifications.

    More >>

    The White House is standing behind Ronny Jackson, President Donald Trump's choice to be Veterans Affairs secretary amid growing questions about his qualifications.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly