Local girl takes initiative and sets out to make difference in community
When Alexis Ananiadis, 8, isn’t cheering at Storm Elite Allstars of Stevens Point or competing in National American Miss competitions, she spends her time doing charity work. Her family has been regular donors to the Place of Peace, Smile for Christ Sake and Tiff’s Kids Closet for many years.
In October, Alexis informed her parents she wanted to get active and help people in the community on her own.
“Of course, I told her I would be glad to help. We did some brainstorming and made a plan. We started blasting social media to collect donations we call it Lexi’s Love,” said Brooke Ananiadis, Alexis’ mother. “The donations went to the Kids Closet and the Homeless Outreach. She collected truckloads of different items to donate. She also put a bin up at Madison Elementary School and collected even more.”
Alexis still wanted to do more, so she started a Meals for Hope program, which was a collection to raise money for restaurant meals for people in need. She put two jars up at local restaurants she then challenged Olympia Restaurant to match every $5 she made in donations. Olympia obliged.
The gift cards were given to Tiffani Krueger at the Place of Peace, and she hands them out to the homeless and people in need in the community. Alexis has raised more than 100 meals since November.
“Her birthday is Dec. 11, and we had a party for her as we always do, but this year she wanted to do something different, so she hand-wrote a note to add to her 30-plus invites for all her guests with one request which was that all people that planned on buying her a gift would take at least half of what they would have spent on her and put it toward her Meals For Hope,” said Brooke.
She raised more than $100 at her party and is now trying to collect camping tents for the homeless. Alexis is still taking donations for Kids Closet and continues Meals for Hope.
“She recently made her First Communion and was blessed with a great amount of gifts of money which she took half of to put toward purchasing tents to donate. She is such a young child with such a big heart and concern for people in need. She has done so much for our community in less than a year to help others,” said Brooke.
Anyone interested in donating to Alexis’ various programs and initiatives can call 715-347-7696.
For more information, visit her Facebook page, “Lexi’s Love.”