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UPDATE: Local 7-Year-Old Delivers Care Packages to Homeless

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On Sunday, we brought you a story of a seven-year-old in Fargo who is thinking of how to give to others this holiday season rather than opening her presents under the tree.  On Monday Maddie Moen handed out the 24 care packages she spent all weekend making.

A couple dozen homeless people at Family Health Care in downtown Fargo got a bag from Maddie. In the bags, Maddie packed scarves that she made herself, hand warmers, and vitamins... Everything they would need to keep warm and healthy in this harsh weather.

She thought of the idea herself after seeing someone suffering in the cold.  "They were real happy, now they can stay warm and when I came here I got a donation from somebody, I got 40 dollars to help me keep making more of the stuff to help the homeless," Maddie explains.

Maddie says she will keep making packages as long as she has the funds to do so. The employees at Family Health Care are happily taking donations.


Seven-year- old Maddie Moen is a self proclaimed cat person. Kandia Qual- Maddie's Mom: "She has a really big heart, she has always been the one wanting to take in the stray animals, and help the people that are kinda struggling."

It's that same empathy and love that called Maddie to action last Wednesday.

Maddie: "There was this guy on the road and I said I wish I could help him mom." Kandia: "It really touched me when we were driving that day, and she felt so bad about the homeless gentleman that didn't have a hat or scarf or anything."

That very night Maddie began pouring her heart into these packages. Maddie: "We started with hats, scarves, and hand warmers, then we went to the store, and we went up and up till we didn't have any more room."

Night after night she's hand crafting each scarf, and each bag. Kandia: "Maddie is going to give them what we have on Monday, herself, and then we will keep kinda giving them what we can to handout." They are going to a local homeless shelter. Maddie: "Thank you very much, now we hope you stay warm."

Maddie is placing the final touches on each bag, it's that same love that makes her unable to imagine a person without a handwritten love letter.

Maddie: "I want them to stay warm and to survive."

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