Sophomore McCain Childress is awarded the B.K. Bryan Spirit of Philanthropy award

On October 15, McCain Childress, sophomore and cheerleader at Southside Christian School and founder of Pops for Pups, was awarded the B.K. Bryan Spirit of Philanthropy award during halftime.

The B.K. Bryan Spirit of Philanthropy award was established to honor the memory and generosity of philanthropist William King (B.K.) Bryan. The award acknowledges individuals or families who make a difference through their generosity.

McCain was acknowledged for her work with Pops for Pups. On the last day of her 5th grade year, McCain’s teacher gave the class five dollars each and instructed them to donate the money or use it to create something to sell and donate the proceeds.

McCain used her five dollars to purchase popsicles. She sold popsicles in her neighborhood, raising over one thousand dollars for the Georgia SPCA in 2017. 

Before moving from Atlanta to Greenville, her 5th grade teacher passed away from breast cancer. When she arrived in Greenville, she wanted to continue Pops for Pups in honor of her teacher. 

After meeting the Canine F.E.T.C.H. (Friends Encouraging Therapeutic Coping and Healing) Unit, McCain decided to raise money for the nonprofit. The Canine F.E.T.C.H. Unit is the Upstate’s animal-assisted therapy program for patients and their families through Prisma Health.

McCain is currently working on an endowment that will forever fund the Canine F.E.T.C.H. Unit. Her goal is to raise $100,000 to fund the endowment before she graduates from high school. So far, she’s raised $75,000! 

McCain says, “Helping our community can start as small as five dollars, but can still make a huge impact.”