12/19/2012 03:30 pm ET

Middle Schooler Collects Socks For Kids In Need

North Kirkwood Middle School sixth grader Abbey Painter was recognized at the 32nd Annual Awards Luncheon and Celebration of National Philanthropy Day as the “Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy.”

Abbey was inspired to do something for others after she was a patient at Missouri Baptist Hospital. During her stay, she decided that kids needed something to do as many kids are there for a long time. After talking to some friends and her parents and researching some options online, Abbey designed a mobile library book cart where kids staying in the hospital can check out books.