Here at NBC 6 News, we like to honor those who dedicate their time as volunteers.
This week's Gold Medal Giver helps make a difference in the lives of our furry friends.
Not only does she help care for them, but she also does what she can to help make sure they have a bright future.
Meet Madison Waldron, a 14-year-old with a passion to give.
"I started when I was 9-years-old with a little iced tea stand at the end of my driveway," said Waldron.
An animal-lover at heart, Waldron found her calling after visiting a local shelter.
"I didn't understand why those puppies didn't have homes," said Waldron. "I decided to help them and help raise money for them and help more dogs find their forever homes, instead of locked up in cages for the rest of their life."
She cares for some at home.
"I've fostered over 150 puppies since I've started."
She also helps any other way she can.
"She's at all our adoption events," said Brandi Dye. "She jumps in and tells them details on dogs, whatever is needed she does it. I wish when I was younger I had volunteered as much as she did."
Waldron has even gotten the community involved.
"I have a fundraiser now called 'Keep Your Paws Clean' where I customize hand sanitizer bottles," Waldron said. "The money goes to two places, most goes to LA Baby Momma's to help pay for supplies and medicine that puppies need. The other goes to the Bossier City Animal Shelter."
Madison believes she makes a difference.
"I think I'm helping a little bit but not as much as I want to," Waldron said.
Those who see her dedication know she is, not just to our four-legged friends, but to everyone in the area.
"I think the biggest impact she has is showing younger people they can volunteer, it can be fun," said Dye. "I don't think we give enough recognition to our younger adults in our country. They do a lot more than people see or believe or know about."
Which is why this week's Gold Medal Giver is Madison Waldron.
Since she began volunteering at age 9, Waldron has raise about $9,200.
She also just got back representing the state in Washington D.C. as Louisiana's top Middle School Volunteer.
If you know a volunteer you'd like to nominate as a Gold Medal Giver, send an e-mail to NBC 6's Jade Cunningham at email@example.com.
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