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RENE RAY DE LA CRUZ
Posted Sep. 3, 2014 @ 8:29 am
Updated Sep 3, 2014 at 8:35 AM
APPLE VALLEY — Kindergartner Mia McLane’s daily to-do list includes going to school, singing Disney songs and changing the world.
On Friday, Mia and her family delivered a carload of “Mia’s Boxes of Love” to a local nonprofit organization, which helps those in need.
“Mia started a charity where she raised $500 and collected backpacks and school supplies for the High Desert Domestic Violence Shelter,” said Nicholas Clayton, Mia’s father. “She decided that she wants to help children feel happy.”
The shelter, now known as the Family Assistance Program, has been providing shelter and advocacy services to victims of domestic violence.
In a letter dictated to her father, Nicholas Clayton, and written in purple crayon, Mia stated her dream to “change the world and to help homeless people.”
Mia’s letter also shares her desire to give food to the homeless while her mother gives them money. Mia ends her letter with the wish for all homeless people to stop smoking so they don’t die.
“Sometime in July, Mia handed me a crayon and a piece of paper and told me to start writing,” said Clayton, 32, a teacher at Puesta Del Sol school in Victorville. “She’s quite the creative one.”
Clayton said Mia’s inspiration to change the world came from watching the Hub Network’s “Kid President” show, hosted by 10-year-old, suiting-wearing Robby Novak, whose rise to fame came through his popular YouTube videos.
During the show, Novak’s positive message to his young audience is to go out and change the world in their own special way.
“Even before watching the TV show, Mia has always had a heart to help people,” said Clayton, whose family lives in Apple Valley. “The show just gave her the motivation to put her passion into action.”
Clayton said Mia’s first step toward the gift box project came when she placed some toys into a box and handed it to her mother, Amanda McClane.
“After that, we started gathering supplies and raising money for the shelter,” Clayton said. “We even started a ‘Mia’s Boxes of Love’ website to raise $1,000 to the shelter.”
Clayton said Mia’s energy and determination comes from her mother, McClane.
“I’m the quiet and less assertive one in the family,” Clayton said. “Like my wife, Mia’s like a warrior princess.”
Clayton said Mia’s little brother, Griffin, 2, and her grandmother, Joyce McClane, were also on hand during the box delivery.
“Mia is a ball of energy and she loves to help people,” Clayton said. “It will be interesting to see where this goes.”
For more information or to donate, visit http://www.fundly.com/mia-s-boxes-of-love or search ‘Mia’s Boxes of Love’ on Facebook.
Rene Ray De La Cruz may be reached at 760-951-6227, RDeLa Cruz@VVDailyPress.com or on Twitter@DP_ReneDeLaCruz.
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