Five-year-old Reilly Rudolph has received the prestigious “Spirit Of Detroit” award from the Detroit City Council. Rudolph was given the award in recognition for her community service.
She created her own community service project that gave pumpkins to children in the hospital during Halloween. She painted the pumpkins herself and her efforts inspired others in her community to join her project.
The Huffington Post reports:
The project began when Rudolph was driving his daughter home from school one day last fall and she asked him if sick kids in the hospital got to go trick-or-treating. When he said they probably didn’t, Reilly said each sick child should get his or her own pumpkin. At first he brushed off his daughter’s question, but Rudolph ended up discussing it with his wife.
Reilly’s artistic flair kept her going throughout the project, and she painted several pumpkins with her parents each day. Classmates and teachers found out about her efforts, and her Dearborn school, St. Sebastian Catholic School, took up the challenge as well. In October, Reilly and friends donated more than 100 painted pumpkins to Children’s Hospital.