12-Year-Old Spreading Kindness With Benches At HP Market

HIGH POINT, N.C. -- The High Point Furniture market brings people from around the world to buy and sell some of the best furniture on the market.

But, among all the moguls in the furniture capital, a 12-year-old has stolen the show this weekend.

Acacia Woodley says she started the Tiny Girl, Big Dream Foundation in 2012 to help children of all ages and backgrounds spread kindness and achieve their goals. And, Acacia is spreading kindness with, what she calls, the Friendship Bench.

Children are supposed to sit on the bench when they're being bullied or just having a bad day. That lets others know they need a friend to talk to.

Acacia has already been getting the word out about the bench, and she says she has big plans for it.

"I hope that [the Friendship Bench] pushes violence completely out of our schools and communities," she said. "And, I hope that it makes all the kids that feel that, for some reason, they aren't important, it makes them realize that they are."

The benches are made of 100-percent recycled plastic. C.R. Plastics, a Canadian company builds the benches for Acacia.

Schools in Florida, Canada, South Africa, among other places, have already purchased some of Acacia's benches. There's even one at a school in Newtown, CT, the site of the Sandy Hook school shooting.

Acacia hopes, one day, schools all over the world will have their own Friendship Benches.


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