Jefferson Award Winner: Charlotte Kirby

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HARRISON COUNTY, W. Va. (WDTV) -- The Jefferson Award, presented by Antero Resources, highlights individuals who spent countless hours dedicating their time to the community and others. For the month of December, Charlotte Kirby is being honored for her work with families in need during the holiday season.

At only nine-years-old, Charlotte Kirby knows exactly what she wants to be when she grows up.

"I want to be a pastor. I want to work at the Mission," said Kirby.

Every year, she looks forward to Christmas, not only for making memories with her family, decorating the Christmas tree and getting gifts. Charlotte waits for the most wonderful time of the year to give out toys.

"I wanted kids to have toys so then they could be able to play like other kids could play," she said.

When Charlotte was just four-years-old, she made an unusual request and that is to collect toys for kids in need.

"I just felt like it wasn't fair because it wasn't their fault," said Kirby.

She came up with the idea for "Charlotte's Annual Toy Drive" where parents can "shop" for their children free of charge.

"Parents go and grab the toys they want for their child, usually three toys per kid," she said.

"It's just so impressive to see someone at a young age is so caring for other kids and to make sure other kids have a good Christmas," said Pat Shaffer, a family friend who nominated Charlotte for the Jefferson Award.

Over the past six years, Charlotte has collected and distributed thousands of toys for families in need.

She sets up boxes in various businesses throughout Harrison, Marion and Monongalia counties.

Even though this year, when several local organizations were unable to hold toy drives, she still managed to make many kids' wishes come true.

"Her family stepped up and other friends stepped up to help her as well and it's just been an amazing season of giving," said Shaffer.

At her young age, Charlotte is determined to continue helping others and has even made it her life goal.

"I want to help people. I want to help people learn about God and take care of people," she said.