16-year-old celebrates birthday with day of service

16-year-old Gabby Bowie (center) wanted to give back to others on her sweet 16.

A Birmingham girl celebrated her sweet 16 by helping those less fortunate.

She turned her birthday into a day of service, in hopes others will pay it forward.

Inside the 16th Street Baptist Church, 16-year-old Gabby Bowie wanted this birthday to be one she would never forget.

"It was the right thing to do," said Bowie. "A birthday comes every year. But not every year, not every day do you get a chance to make an impact on somebody."

Bowie along with dozens of friends served food to the less fortunate. They were given a bag full of cold weather gear for the winter months ahead.

"We have gloves, scarves, hats, socks, hand warmers, stuff to keep warm in the winter," she said.

This day of service took weeks of preparation. Karen Bowie and her husband Jeff say words cannot even describe how proud they are of their daughter.

"It's very emotional," she said. "(Gabby) is a giving child, I don't know, I'm just so speechless."

"We're so proud of her for doing this," Jeff Bowie adds. "This was (Gabby's) idea. This is what she wanted to do."

For Gabby, 16 is already a very special year

The Bowie family served about 250 people.

Any leftover food and donation items were taken to the Jimmie Hale Misson and Jesse's Place

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