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Oswego Patch’s Person of the Year 2012: Kylie Schimmel

Over 100 nominations were submitted for the 2012 Oswego Patch Person of the year.

There are some pretty amazing people living in Oswego.

In December we asked you to pick who you felt deserved the distinction of the Oswego Patch Person of the Year for their positive impact on the community.

Over 100 nominations later for people from all over the Oswego community, I am pleased to present Kylie Schimmel the title of Oswego Patch Person of the Year 2012.

Kylie, an eighth grader at Thompson Junior High, first hit Oswego’s radar when back in October she donated profits from her hand-made bows to help a first grade teacher battling breast cancer.

But Kylie didn’t stop there.

She continued to sell bows from her shop, Kylie’s Creations, to benefit multiple organizations in the community, like Toys for Tots and Autism research.

Some of the comments from nominations for Kylie were:

“She is a young girl who loves to help people in need. She’s constantly thinking about way to help the people in our community.”

“She is a very generous girl who spends her extra time making bows to raise money for various causes. She is an inspiration to others!”

“This young teen has shown our community what giving and caring really mean. She has started making and selling kids hair bows, donating proceeds to those in need. She has helped a teacher at her former grade school who has been diagnosed with cancer. Proceeds from several of her sales were graciously given to this teacher to offset medical expenses. She has booked many different shows during the holiday season in order to purchase toys for those unable to receive gifts at Christmas. She is a wonderful role model to the teens in the community, showing that you can do anything you set your mind to do with hard work and perseverance. Not many teens think of others as Kylie has done and sharing her gift of giving to others is one of the first steps in helping to make our town, community a place where we can be proud! I am in awe that a 13 year old has such a caring, unselfish heart. Not only kids but adults can learn from this outstanding young lady who makes a difference one hair bow at a time!!!!!”

Congratulations Kylie, a well-deserved honor!


Some honorable mentions to some other well-deserving and inspiring people in Oswego are:

John Anthony, co-founder of YARN. Here’s one of the many nominations John received: “Just a selfless heart, and loves to help people no matter what. I can not say enough about John.”

Tommy Weglarz, a young boy working to help animals. Here’s one of the many nominations Tommy received: “Tommy may be young but he is a big advocate for animals and has done wonderful things for so many pets. He has raised food for pets owned by those having hard times meeting ends, he has helped foster several dogs, he has even wrote his first book about his love for dogs! He made bottle cap magnets and raised over $100 for rescue dogs. Tommy is an inspiration for everyone- young and old, to help those without a voice- his heart and love is endless and his generosity is heart touching.

bill powell January 08, 2013 at 10:10 PM
I think it's utterly fantastic when our youth take it upon themselves to help others. Congrats Kylie
Momof3 January 09, 2013 at 01:19 AM
Where can I get in touch with Kylie to purchase her bows?
Alicia Mazzanti Schimmel January 09, 2013 at 01:53 AM
Hi Mom of 3-- you can send her a message through her Facebook page Kylie's Creations. We have done meetups in the past. Also if you "like" her page there she keeps it updated with her craft show dates. She has 3 coming up in the next month. If you don't have Facebook--Natalie Stevens can get you my contact information. Thanks for your interest, Kylie's very proud mom
John Zidlicky January 09, 2013 at 04:38 AM
Don't forget we have Kylie's Bows at The Garden Faire
Alicia Mazzanti Schimmel January 09, 2013 at 12:16 PM
Oops--wasn't thinking clearly yesterday--a bit overwhelmed. Yes Kylie has some of her bows atr the awesome Garden Faire in downtown Oswego and also at Savvy Fashions and More in Mason Square.


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