10-year-old helps build blessing box for the town of Williston

Monday, June 3, 2019

News 12 This Morning

WILLISTON, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Blessing boxes have been popping up more and more in our area. The concept is take what you need, leave what you can. A 10-year-old Williston girl was so inspired by that, she decided to build one for her community.

"We have canned food items, snack food," described Addison Fail.

Within moments of meeting 10-year-old Addison you can tell she loves helping others.

"The day that we put it down it was a great day," said Fail.

In Addison's small hometown of Williston, she saw a need.

"We also just put bibles in them," said Fail.

It inspired her to create a blessing box.

"I do community service through my pageants, and I thought this would be a good idea to make for my community service," said Fail.

Addison is Young Miss Columbia. The pageant system she's a part of doesn't require community service, but it's quickly become her passion.

"She loves the concept of helping others, and it really makes her feel good," said Addison's mom, Rebecca Fail, "Sometimes she gets in the car after going and doing something, and she's just nonstop talking."

Starting with a just a wood frame and teal paint, Addison and her uncle put together their own blessing box.

"As soon as we kind of formulated the concept of the blessing box, she was just all for it," said Rebecca, "We were so very excited to have it put up."

The gesture even got the Mayor's attention. He declared April 22nd "Never Fail To Help Day" in the town of Williston.

"It was very, very exciting, and by the time we put it down I was very, very happy because It shows that anybody can do anything to help others," said Addison.

Addison plans to put up more blessing boxes in nearby communities.

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