Madi DeMeo, an eighth-grader at Mission Middle School, was awarded $10,000 through the U.S. Cellular The Future of Good program. The program awards 16-under-16 young people $10,000 for their work around the community. Donating money since she was 7, DeMeo said she’s donating half the awards to the Bellevue Food Pantry and the Alzheimer’s Association.

An eighth-grader at Mission Middle School has dedicated her life to raising money for the Bellevue Food Pantry and other places in the community.

Madi DeMeo, 13, was awarded for those efforts March 9 at her school. U.S. Cellular awarded her $10,000 to split between the Bellevue Food Pantry, as well as the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Future of Good program by U.S. Cellular awards 16 students under 16 years old around the country who have shown their dedication to give back to their communities.

DeMeo first started her journey by selling her Halloween candy at 7 years old to raise money for the food pantry. In January, DeMeo also expanded her efforts by raising and donating funds to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Through her Facebook page, Madi’s Annual Bellevue Food Pantry Fundraiser, she keeps her followers up-to-date with her fundraising.

In 2018, she raised $2,300 — the most she’s raised.

DeMeo said she was happy to be presented the award to further her cause to help the food pantry and the Alzheimer’s Association.

“I’m really excited and it means a lot to me knowing these two causes get so much money,” she said.

DeMeo is donating $5,000 to the food pantry and $5,000 to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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