The Philanthropist


The philanthropist

Girl wins recognition for efforts to help needy, conserve water

By Brenda Rindge The Post and Courier Monday, July 13, 2009

She’s concerned about feeding the hungry and conserving water.

She has designed award-winning T-shirts and ice-cream bars and has been featured on the national news.

She’s also just 10 years old, but Summerville resident Katie Stagliano seems to have the golden touch.



Summerville residents Katie Stagliano, 10, and her brother, John Michael, 6, unload vegetables donated during a food drive June 26 that collected more than 500 pounds of fresh vegetables and canned goods.

It all started a couple of years ago when the Stagliano family — Stacy, a stay-at-home mom and Parent Teacher Organization president; dad John, who runs several businesses; Katie; and brother John Michael, now 6 — were going on a long road trip.

Stacy gathered activities to keep the kids busy, including an e-mail about the Nestle Flavorologist for a Day contest, which invited youngsters to invent original, appetite-engaging frozen treats.

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People Magazine, Heroes Among Us!

A Young Gardener Feeds the Poor

By Diane Herbst/Summerville

From PEOPLE Magazine Click to enlarge

Katie Stagliano, 11

Summerville, S.C.

Last year Katie Stagliano planted a cabbage seedling in her family’s backyard. After it grew to an astonishing 40 lbs., Katie donated it to a homeless shelter. Two days later she returned to help serve some of the 275 meals (rounded out by ham and rice) made with her massive crucifer. “I’ve never felt so good in my life,” says Katie, now a fifth grader. “I thought, ‘Wow, with one cabbage I helped feed that many people? I could do much more.'”

So she started other gardens—in her subdivision, on donated land outside of town and on a field at her school. She then enlisted volunteers, from gardeners to her classmates, and a plant company donated seedlings. This year Katie and her crew have supplied soup kitchens with over 1,000 lbs. of squash, okra, cabbage and other crops. With the fall harvest, she’ll add another 4,000 lbs. “We are amazed, thrilled,” says Charlotte Carroll, 57, executive director of Palmetto House, a homeless shelter that gets twice-weekly deliveries from Katie. “It’s easy to have a canned food drive, but it’s unique a child would grow her own vegetables.” Says Elois Mackey, 48, who lives at Palmetto with her two kids: “She shows that children can play a big part in helping people. The vegetables she brought were delicious.”

Katie and the Cabbage Patch

Katie and the cabbage patch

Posted: Wednesday, May 13, 2009 8:01 PM by Daily Nightly Editor
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Kelly Venardos, Producer, NBC Nightly News

Every so often you come upon a story that stays with you. After working at NBC News for more than 16 years, I have a few of these gems tucked away in my memory. They sustain me through the news stories that aren’t necessarily pleasant or positive. Frequently, these stories involve children. This is one of them.

Ten-year-old Katie Stagliano is different than most kids her age. You know this almost immediately, because she’s thinking about and devoting a lot of her time and energies to issues that most young people don’t give a second thought to. Katie is worried about hungry children across America, and how she can help them.

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