Carl's Junior October top teen

A Red Bluff teen is making an impact in more ways than one.

Posted: Oct 31, 2019 5:09 PM

RED BLUFF, Calif. - A Red Bluff teen is making an impact in more ways than one. 

Abby Burlison was just eight years old when she saw a classmate who had holes in his shoes. 

"I like to do a bunch of stuff for my community, and I have done things like Abby's Sweet Feet. It was something I did for community service, but I have actually helped over 700 kids in need get new socks and shoes," said Burlison. 

She explained she didn't realize how satisfying the experience would be the first time she did a donation.

"They needed that, something that you wouldn't think someone would need so bad that you have just been accustomed to having your whole life, and they have been deprived of that and seeing the joy on their faces is incredible," said Burlison. 

Now Abby is in 8th grade and still doing giveaways with Abby's Sweet Feet, but she is also Junior Miss Tehama County. 

"It's really for the experience itself, not the title or the crown or anything like that, that is how I started Abby's Sweet Feet," said Burlison.

Tehama County Youth Focus Director Sonja Ackers has known Abby for years and says she is an incredible kid. 

"She doesn't want to see anyone left behind, she wants everyone she knows or who she comes encounter with she wants everyone to have equal ground," said Ackers. 

Abby is also part of Athlete's Don't Vape and on the cross country team. 

Joe Barrios who is her teacher and coach said she is positive, sweet, and rewarding to those around her. 

"Academically she is the type of kid that goes forward with any assignment and sees it through from start to finish and it is always super high quality and creative work," said Barrios. 

Her parents said they are proud of her work ethic. 

"I am proud of her for the way she wants to help the community. She does so much stuff, more than what she admits to, she doesn't ask for anything back. She doesn't ask for anything in return. She just does it," said her mother Alena Burlison. 

"I like the never-ending or give up attitude. She doesn't want to quit. She will never, she just strives for greatness all the time and never gives up," said her father Adam Burlison. 

Her friends who she has grown up with said they are proud of her and she deserves to be recognized. 

"She is just a really nice person, she does a lot for the community. She does a lot for everyone else, she is really kind and really generous and she is willing to help everyone with everything," said Jordyn Armstrong.

"I think she deserves to be recognized because of all the greatness she does and all the passion she has when helping people, and it just makes me want to tear up sometimes. I believe Abby is such a great person for helping people and she is just amazing in my opinion," said Gage Dorris.

To donate or learn more about Abby's Sweet Feet click HERE.

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