Pride of the Pine Belt: Callie Crider

© Callie Crider
© Callie Crider

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Callie Crider is a busy seventh grade student at Sacred Heart School in Hattiesburg.

She juggles lots of class work with many volunteer hours at Hattiesburg's ARC. It stands for the Association for the Rights of Citizens with Developmental Disabilities.

According to Crider, "I love the kids and the good feeling you get when you do it - it's just wonderful."

Crider has volunteered with the ARC's summer camp for two years now and has endeared herself to the organization's staff like Activities Director, Pam Hamilton.

Hamilton said, "She's got the best personality, I just can't say enough good things about her."

For her commitment to the non-profit, Crider was recently named the organization's Volunteer of the Year at the end of their annual summer camp.

"I wasn't expecting it. You don't do it for the reward. If you don't love it, you can't do it. But it was nice to be recognized and it was nice considering I'm only twelve to be recognized," said Crider.

The ambitious twelve year old is currently on a mission to encourage the sale of charity golf balls for the ARC's annual golf ball drop fundraiser on October third at the Canebrake Golf Club in Hattiesburg.

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