Shreveport, LA (KSLA) – On July 12 of 2009, a tragic bus accident in Mississippi took the lives of several teens from First Baptist Church in Shreveport while on a church trip. One of the girls who was killed in that crash is being remembered today, on her birthday, by her community that came together to remember her and what she stood for.
Maggie Lee Henson would have turned 14 today. Her family celebrated the date by spreading Maggie's message.
Many people in Shreveport recognize October 29th as "Maggie Lee for Good Day."
Today, many people are supporting what she stood from Caddo Middle Magnet to First Baptist Church and Chick-Fil-A, all bonded to raise funds in honor on Maggie.
"We are helping other people one day, one deed one difference," said Sara Smith, who was not only not only a friend of Maggie, but a friend who was in the accident on that sad day. Now along with many, she lives by her friend's values, one day, one deed and one difference.
"We want to honor Maggie Lee," said Linda Killen who is an APE teacher at Caddo Middle Magnet. Killen helped to get shoes donated so they can be recycled.
And even several Chick-Fil-A's in the Ark-La-Tex jumped in to lend a hand.
"We feel really honored to be a part of it to have an opportunity to help someone and honor Maggie Lee because we know that if she were here that this would be something she would really want to be involved with," said Renee Wilson with local Chick-Fil-A.
"Maggie was such a great person," said Madeline Greenleaf, a friend of Maggie.
"She was one of my best friends," said Elizabeth Burgess, one of Maggie's best friends.
"We are donating different things for the Robinson Rescue Center for dogs," said Gabrielle Brumfield. "It makes of feel great because Maggie was a dear friend of ours. We loved her and just to do something in her name. It doesn't get better than that," added Brumfield.
First Baptist Church donated dog food, cat food and paper towels.
But the one who all this means the most too is Maggie's mom, who is amazed by what her little girl could spark in others