TWINSBURG, OH (WOIO) - In her years featuring "Romona's Kids," Romona Robinson is always touched at how compassionate children can be, like a local grade-schooler who's already been volunteering for years in her community. Tonight's Romona's Kid is from Twinsburg.
While many children spend their days off at the mall or the movies, 9-year-old Abby Weissberg likes to do her part to help others. She was recently at the National Council for Jewish Women in Warrensville Heights, sorting donated clothing for the Homeless Stand Down, an event for families facing poverty and homelessness..
"It's important for them to look good and feel good," said Abby. "It makes me feel happy that we're able to help them, but sad because they need the help."
Two years ago, she came in for a "giving back day" through her synagogue, and decided she wanted to keep volunteering there. They told her about a brand new charter school that needed a library.
"She said, 'there's a school with no books?'" recalled the NCJW's Rebecca Brouman. "She was shocked and she said, 'Well, we're going to change that.'"
Abby got friends and classmates to donate books they no longer needed. So far, she's delivered almost 1,600 books to the Green Inspiration Academy in Warrensville Heights.
She also sold some of her personal items online to raise money to purchase more books.
"This is what Abby does on her days off, come to the National Council of Jewish Woman and volunteer, and she always brings a friend along, because she wants to spread the joy of community service and giving back," said Brouman.
"People don't realize that they're so lucky and I want people who aren't so lucky to feel better about what they have," explained Abby.
Abby also donates books to the Harvard Community Center and even stops by to read to the kids. Plus, she and her friends collected 300 bookbags for low-income kids.
Abby plans to keep helping others and one day hopes to be a news broadcaster.