Jefferson Award winner for November 2017: 'I like helping out a lot of people'

This month's Jefferson Award winner is Jenna Peltier. (Credit: Shelbey Roberts)

FOX 28 is a proud partner of the Jefferson Awards, a foundation that recognizes local heroes who help make their city better through community action. For the month of November, FOX 28 is recognizing Jenna Peltier from Savannah.

You might remember Jenna Peltier, the sweet 6-year-old who captured the hearts of our FOX 28 viewers back in September. She was on a mission from the heart collecting stuffed animals for victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

A month later, we find Jenna still hard at work gathering toys for the families still recovering from the disasters.

“Cause if at--like, every time I get scared, I have someone to cuddle with at my bed, with stuffed animals," Jenna said.

She and her mom Christina say they’ve shipped off more than 50 boxes of cute and cuddly friends to new homes over the last six weeks.

“Her entire bedroom was just full of stuffed animals, she had to climb over them to get to her bed," said Christina.

Day by day, the donation piles grow. Friends, neighbors, strangers, organizations and even Jenna herself contribute to the cause. They’re helping people across Florida, Texas, and most recently Puerto Rico.

Christina said, "Roughly I can estimate, I want to say it’s at least a hundred families and counting.”

But Jenna says there’s more work to be done and isn’t stopping any time soon. On Nov. 11, she’ll be hosting another stuffed animal drive at St. Peter the Apostle’s Church on Wilmington Island from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“I like helping out a lot of people, like a dozen people," Jenna stated.

She’s using her age as an example that anyone, no matter how young or old, can lend a helping hand to those in need.

Congratulations, Jenna Peltier! If you know a local hero that is making a positive difference in their community, nominate them for a Jefferson Award here.

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