West Chester mom, daughter start 20,000 pound food drive

WEST CHESTER, Pa. - March 18, 2014

Hundreds of food items are amidst 5-year old Madeline Wiley's toys.

Her mission, along with her mother, is to collect 20,000 pounds of food by the end of the year.

The idea came on New Year's day.

"Every year we decide to do a good deed project but this year she said she wanted to be in charge," said Nicole Wiley, mother.

Mom and daughter have collected eatables with smaller food drives before with Philabundance but Mady wanted this one to be bigger and better.

"I've done drives before and there's been a few times she's come with me. She's been interested since she was very small," said Wiley.

There's about 4,000 pounds of food stored in their basement right now and quite an array.

"Corn, beans, soup and jelly," said Mady.

Wiley says it was slow-going during the first few months but donations picked up after she established a blog and they've been spreading the word about their drive via Facebook.

Her mom says she is involved in every aspect of their small business.

"She wants to do the shopping. She writes thank you notes on pink stationary. She's always been very generous with whatever she has. This is bigger than I anticipated, I'm so proud of her," said Wiley.

Mom and Mady are planning drives throughout the year in the Philadelphia area and in South Jersey. The food they collect will go to the Kennett Food Cupboard.

To find out more about Nicole and Mady's effort, check out Nicole's blog or email them at bestdressedtomboy@gmail.com.

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