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Gold Medal Giver: Jinny Henson

Volunteering is a selfless act that can make a huge difference. This week we honor another person who dedicates their time to give.
Volunteering is a selfless act that can make a huge difference.

Here at NBC 6 News, we like to honor those who dedicate their time to give.

They're called Gold Medal Givers, and this week we honor Jinny Henson.

12-year-old, Maggie Lee Henson, had a passion to give.

"She loved kids, so I know that she would love this idea," said her mother Jinny.

After her death, Jinny, made sure Maggie's love to help, lived on.

"It's a way to pass on her legacy and care for other people by giving them beautiful clothes and experience of coming in and being loved," Jinny said. "We knew that the best way to get through the grief was to help others. Because when you focus on yourself, that's a way to be miserable."

Jinny started Maggie Lee's Closet.

It's a donation run clothing store that gives any child in need something to wear, free of charge.

"Shopping for a new outfit is something we just take for granted," Jinny said. "This store isn't going to save anyone's life, but it changes one's life by giving them something beautiful and new."

From school uniforms, to street clothes, no child goes home empty handed.

"These children leave here feeling so good about themselves. It's priceless. For a lot of them, they don't have a lot of bright moments in their week," said helper Elizabeth Enochs.

Maggie Lee's Closet has helped almost 800 children.

It's an experience those at the store say has been life-changing.

"She is a shining example of the difference one person can make in the lives of so many others," said Enochs. "The fact that she's chosen to honor her daughter through this ambitious community project, I think tells you a lot about the kind of person Jinny is."

Enochs knows Maggie Lee would be proud of her mom, and says she can feel Maggie's spirit alive in the room.

"Jinny is someone who has shown how to come back from a horrible tragedy," Enochs said. "I think Jinny has taught us about resilience, and about embracing life and how to make a difference in the lives of so many others."

The closet is a place of hope, and a way for Maggie Lee's vibrant spirit to carry on in others.

Which is why this week's Gold Medal Giver is Jinny Henson.

Maggie Lee's Closet is located in the Highland Center at 520 Olive.

Henson says anybody can get and anybody can give.

It's open every Thursday from 3-6pm (Saturday is by appointment only).

Donations accepted include any item of clothing (shoes, socks, undies, shirts, etc.) that are gently used or new.

Ages include 4T-20 years.

Donations can be dropped off any day at the Highland Center.

More information can be found here: http://maggieleescloset.org/.

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