The only thing an 11-year-old Middle Tennessee girl asked for on her birthday was shoes to donate to those less fortunate.
"I realized that I could do much more than give to myself for my birthday," Autumn Carpenter told Nashville's News 2.
In September, Autumn told her mother instead of birthday presents she wanted to collect shoes for those in need.
"She's got a bigger heart. She is a good kid," mother Lori said. "I am really proud of her. She tries hard and she sees things different than other kids her age, I think."
Autumn started with only a hand full of shoes and has now collected over 250 pairs.
"I am hoping if this goes on as long as I think it will that we'll have at least 1,000 [pairs]," she said.
Autumn said that she has received a lot of support from the community and area businesses as she continues to work to collect shoes.
"When you have a child like Autumn just turning eleven and not wanting anything for herself, wanting to collect shoes and give to people that needs shoes, it just makes you feel good," Gretchen Mofield, receptionist at White House Chiropractic said.
The first round of donated shoes will be distributed in Kentucky next month.
"I have been contacted by a lady who is going to Kentucky, to the Appalachian Mountains in November and she wants to take some of the shoes with her," Lori told Nashville's News 2.
Autumn said she plans to continue collecting shoes for those in need for as long as she receives donations.
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