Maddison Tory is a grade-nine Calgary student who has a pretty impressive resume for a 14-year-old. The soft-spoken, ambitious teen is part of her school’s Spirit Club, Change Makers; has spoken at We Day; and is part of a TED Talk youth group. But perhaps Maddi’s most important accomplishment is Founder of Maddi’s Mission.
With the help of her mom, Maddi makes fleece scarves with hands cut-out on either end. She calls them “Hugs”. Maddi sells her Hugs at school, dance class, and in her community and donates part of the proceeds back to Ronald McDonald House Alberta.
“For every Hug sold, a second one is donated to the House,” adds Maddi.
The young philanthropist was inspired by her own journey, undergoing heart surgery last year at Alberta Children’s Hospital. Maddi didn’t need to use the Ronald McDonald House because she lived so close by, but she saw so many other children at the hospital who had to travel a long way from home. She couldn’t imagine having to travel hundreds of miles away from family at a time when she needed them most. She knew she wanted to do something for these families and for the Ronald McDonald House that allows them to stay together.
“When I saw the other scared kids and families, I wanted to give them a big hug. This was the closest thing to that I could think of. Sometimes all you need is a hug to know that you’re not alone and that you can get through this.”
Maddi had lots of time during her recovery, and so the idea was born: Maddi’s Hugs became a reality and she’s been cutting and sewing ever since.
Maddi was profiled by CTV Calgary’s Darrel Janz on his segment about Inspiring Calgarians. Check it out here http://bit.ly/2T7VFv5 to find out how a Hug can make a big difference!