GMA and Disney recognize work of Middlesboro nonprofit

GMA and Disney recognize work of Middlesboro nonprofit

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The group cheers for GMA cameras. The group cheers for GMA cameras.
"I think it's nice to just help people because it really does make you feel good about yourself to help people and do things selflessly just for them and it's nice," said member Aliyah Omar. "I think it's nice to just help people because it really does make you feel good about yourself to help people and do things selflessly just for them and it's nice," said member Aliyah Omar.
"To bring that Disney time, that excitement, that joy to a town that's a little smaller than New York and L.A. is so exciting," said GMA Correspondent Cameron Mathison. "It's beautiful." "To bring that Disney time, that excitement, that joy to a town that's a little smaller than New York and L.A. is so exciting," said GMA Correspondent Cameron Mathison. "It's beautiful."

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

MIDDLESBORO, Ky. (WATE) - The happiest place on Earth took a trip to Middlesboro, Kentucky Friday morning to honor a special group of kids.

ABC'S GMA and Disney took over the town's community center complete with Mickey, Minnie and all the Disney characters. The celebration is in honor of an organization called 52 Weeks of Giving.    

The group beat out hundreds of other nonprofit volunteer organizations for a little Disney time.

"52 Weeks of Giving is like basically this group that once a week we meet on Fridays and we all get together and we do an act of kindness to help the people in our community," said member Aliyah Omar.

The group does everything from writing letters to grieving families to cleaning up litter.

Member Hattie Fitzpatrick said, "It makes me feel really good that we can just make people feel so happy just by the little things we do."

"I think it's nice to just help people because it really does make you feel good about yourself to help people and do things selflessly just for them and it's nice," added Omar.

Friday's party was all about recognizing that desire to give.

"To bring that Disney time, that excitement, that joy to a town that's a little smaller than New York and L.A. is so exciting," said GMA Correspondent Cameron Mathison. "It's beautiful."  

"People thank us, but we've never really got this kind of recognition and it's really amazing," said Omar.

Even with the excitement of the week, these kids did not lose sight of their mission. They've already raised $500 in memory of Martin Richard, the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombings. They plan to purchase books at the Boston Library in his memory.

This is the group's third year in operation.

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