CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte Catholic student Avery Faucette was honored by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program for her community work with children.
The high school junior was presented with an engraved bronze medallion to recognize her selection as a Distinguished Finalist for 2013 in The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program.
Faucette was honored for establishing the Charlotte Chapter of Stuffed Animals for Emergencies, and collecting and donating more than 5,000 stuffed animals and blankets to homeless shelters, churches, police departments, Toys for Tots and children overseas.
Avery was inspired by a regular clean-out of her room that produced a bag full of perfectly good stuffed animals, and recruited help from local Girl Scout troops to sort and bag the donations of stuffed animals that come in on a daily basis.
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals represent the United States' largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service.