Crown Point student honored at Statehouse

Crown Point student honored at Statehouse

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Crown Point student honored at Statehouse

 STATEHOUSE – With a resolution in the House Chamber, State Representative Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point) honored 10-year-old Mackenzie Williams for her devotion to helping others. For the past two years on her birthday, instead of asking for presents, the Crown Point resident has raised money and donated items to Haven House, an emergency shelter for domestic violence victims and their families.

“It is a pleasure to offer a resolution in honor of Mackenzie and her devotion to the Haven House,” said Rep. Olthoff. “Mackenzie’s enthusiasm for this cause demonstrates how selfless and generous she is, which is rare to see at such a young age.”

In order to raise money, Mackenzie organized and placed marked collection bins at several local businesses and Lake Street Elementary School, where she attends fourth grade. In her first year alone, she collected and donated $500 worth of items, like gloves and scarves, to the shelter. 

This year, she was able to generate a truckload of collected items along with a check for $1,100. According to the Haven House, Mackenzie is the youngest person to hold a donation drive for their organization.

“Mackenzie’s dedication to supporting Haven House and victims of domestic violence and their families is truly inspiring,” said Rep. Olthoff. “As a legislator who has worked to increase domestic violence prevention and treatment funding, I am proud to see such a young individual take a stand and help combat this problem in our community.”

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Rep. Olthoff represents portions of Lake County.