SWARTZ CREEK (WJRT) (1/10/2019) - One Christmas wish on 8-year-old Gabriella Adams' Christmas list is providing help for a couple dozen homeless people in Genesee County.
"I just thought of like, 'Oh I just want to do something for homeless people that are less fortunate than me.' So, I just came up with this idea and I just want to like help other people," she explained.
Gabriella woke up Christmas morning to a special present under the tree.
"I was like oh my gosh!" she said.
"There's a box from Santa," her Mom, Jaclyn Adams, added. "And, she opens it up and shes like 'It's just a plain brown box mom' and I'm like, 'Well let's open it up;' and, we open it up and there's this letter from Santa saying how proud he is that she's thinking of others."
Inside there were items like deodorant, toothbrushes, socks and winter hats, along with instructions on how to make a 'Blessing Bag.'
Then, a few days after Christmas, Gabriella and her family went to visit their neighbor. And, she told him about her special gift.
"And, he says 'I'll tell you what I'm so impressed with that I'm going to give you a $100 bill'. And, he hands her this crisp 100 bill and he says I'm gonna take you shopping, how many blessing bags do you want to make? And she says 20," Adams said.
So that's exactly what they did. The two spent a few hours shopping, eventually stuffing 20 blessing bags.
"It just made me feel amazing and really cool and like awesome about myself because I was helping other people," Gabriella said.
The Swartz Creek 2nd grader explained her Mom's community service work and her school's Positivity Project inspired her to help.
"I think I'll do it next winter and the next winter because I want to help other people and I just want to make sure everybody's okay," she said.
Her Mom is grateful she's learning lessons like this inside the classroom.
"They're teaching kids that they can make a difference. It doesn't matter if you're 6, it doesn't matter if you're 96. You can do little things that mean a lot to someone, it may be a big thing to them. And, you can do something at any age, at any capacity and make a difference," Adams said.
Gabriella added, "I'm proud of myself and I want to be learning more."
Gabriella and her neighbor are now making plans to drop the blessing bags off at a local soup kitchen.
Her mom hopes this random act of kindness will inspire others.