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Macallan Durkin

MapPoughkeepsie, NY
  • Kids
  • Kids Doing Cool Things


When Macallan Durkin (left) was only 11 years old and living in Africa with her family, she witnessed hungry children rummaging for food in the garbage. Moved by their plight, she founded Goody Goodies upon returning to the United States. The nonprofit sells fair trade items (like jewelry and T-shirts) at Women’s Work, her mother’s Poughkeepsie store. So far the proceeds have funded a Zimbabwean girl’s education, fed starving children in Botswana, and helped build a soup kitchen in Malawi. Durkin — who is about to enter her first year of college — also works a little closer to home. In June, she launched Goody Goodies’ Sweet 16 Awards, an event honoring 16 young girls who volunteer at various community organizations. In its inaugural year, 250 people — including state Assemblywoman Didi Barrett — attended the event.

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2013 Editors' Pick — Best Kids Doing Cool Things

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Best of Hudson Valley Winners: 2013
County: Dutchess
Pick: Editors' Picks
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