Hometown Hero: Shelby Handley

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The time of year has come to start thinking about the kid’s of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and one Bowling Green girl is doing just that.

Shelby Handley is a third grader at Cumberland Trace Elementary. She turned nine, Feb. 7. 2007, but she’s celebrating tonight and her birthday wish is to help all of the children at St. Jude.

“I was listening to the radio one night and they were taking donations for St. Jude and I thought instead of taking presents, to take donations for St. Jude,” Shelby said.

Shelby said it’s more important to her to help the children at St. Jude than unwrap presents this year.

“Some of them are really sick and can’t do anything about it and their parents might be poor and stuff and can’t pay for the bills,” Shelby said.

Shelby’s mom said this is a decision her daughter made on her own.

“She’s a very generous child but I also wanted her to make the decision herself. I didn’t want to be pushy and say well you said you wanted to do that, are you sure you want to do that?” Kris Handley said.

Shelby also decided since she won’t have presents to open this year everyone at her birthday party would wrap coloring books that her parents purchased and send those to St. Jude as well.

“Oh ... We are so proud of her ... That she has such a giving heart,” Kris said.

Shelby’s friends are also supportive of what she’s doing and hope more people decide to help St. Jude.

“I think it’s a good thing that she’s donating money to St. Jude to help kids with cancer,” one friend said.

“I think it’s really kind and caring because people can’t help that kids get sick and you don’t really know how many kids in the world get sick and can’t help it,” another said.

Shelby’s mom said they’ve already raised some money at her family birthday party this past weekend. She said whatever Shelby gets tonight will be appreciated.

Within the next couple of months WBKO, Forever Communications and Gary Force Honda will be taking a trip to St. Jude’s in Memphis.

We would like to take them a special gift from South Central Kentucky. If you would like to make a donation you can drop that off here at WBKO, Forever Communications or Gary Force Honda.

If you have a nomination for the next Hometown Hero, you can email us at hero@wbko.com.