James Kenan High School senior Nibuawnya McLean wanted to spread the love she and her family had received to others in the community, following her sister’s diagnosis of cancer.
As part of McLean’s senior project, she collected money through fundraisers and donated the money to Tim’s Gifts, a local non-profit organization that assists those in need with medical supplies. According to Becky Spell-Vann, owner of Tim’s Gift, McLean raised a total of $400 through the sell of T-shirts and recently presented the money to the organization.
However, when McLean made her donation to Tim’s Gift, she never knew the money would come full circle and be used to help children at E.E. Smith Middle School, where her mother works.
McLean’s sister, Zamille, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia during her senior year of high school. Following her sister’s diagnosis, McLean wanted to do something that would help others going through the same or similar medical experiences. That’s where Tim’s Gift comes in.
The James Kenan senior decided she wanted to raise money and make a donation to Tim’s Gift.
“Sometimes, people think a gift has to be big,” Spell-Vann shared. “But it doesn’t. It’s the little things that can help the most.”
A few months after McLean’s donation, Tim’s Gift was contacted by E.E. Smith Middle School, asking for a donation of medical supplies for students — most importantly, diabetic supplies for students to use while at school.
“Nae Nae’s donation was like a kiss from God,” Spell-Vann said. “I was excited to see how God worked this out.”
With McLean’s donation, Spell-Vann was able to purchase additional medical supplies, some of which were diabetic supplies like alcohol swabs. When the organization was contacted by the middle school, Spell-Vann said she knew God had sent them to her because of the student’s donation.
“God knew,” Spell-Vann said. “He knew when we received that donation that the middle school would be in need of supplies. That’s why we were given the money.”
According to Spell-Vann, when McLean presented her senior project, it left judges in tears.
“Ronnie Batts, who is a coach at James Kenan, said that of all the senior projects, Nae Nae’s left him in tears,” Spell-Vann said. “He said that her senior project changed his outlook on life.”
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