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Valdosta teen starts Kisses for Kids fundraiser

December 19, 2002

Valdosta - Thanks to 13-year-old Kallie Coats, dozens of sick children's wishes will soon come true.

"I went on a Wish Granting trip and just got interested because I saw how big of a difference it can make for the sick kids," said Coats.

Christmas holidays don't mean sleeping late and lounging for Kallie. She woke up extra early this morning, gathered her friends, and headed to her dad's store to kick off her Kisses for Kids project. The young teens are spending their holiday selling Mistletoe to raise money for the Make a Wish Foundation.

"It's really been a family and friends project," said Coats. "My daddy shot the mistletoe down out of a tree, then my mama, sister, me and all my friends bundled it up in ribbon last night."

Kallie's Dad, Warren, says he couldn't be prouder of his daughter's efforts. "Her being so young and making a difference is showing kids that no matter how small they are, anyone can play a big part in other people's happiness."

Kallie hopes through her project, hundreds of people's kisses will help grant hundreds of wishes for sick children in South Georgia.

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