Published: Sep 04, 2012 5:57 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 04, 2012 7:12 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- She's a little girl with a big heart for giving back.

A few weeks ago, we told you someone stole a golf cart and wagon from ECHO, an organization that helps the hungry. The fifth grader saw our story and decided to make a generous donation!

As Michaela McCreary sits in class she has no idea she's about to get a special honor: recognition from the leaders of ECHO, the Educational Concerns for Hunger Organziation.

The Tropic Isles Elementary student donated $172.00 after she saw a WINK News story that aired in August. We told you someone stole ECHO's golf cart and Honda chuckwagon, worth thousands of dollars.

"Its just so important and if ECHO did not exist, so many people would be dying every day from hunger," she said. Michaela did it through hard work and perserverance. "I did chores around the house to get some of the money. I made duct tape items," she said.

She already had some money saved up and decided now was the time to donate. Both of her parents work for the school and say she's always had a heart for helping others. "She's always been self motivated. She's always been a passionate soul," said father Mark McCreary.

The non-profit Christian organization ECHO teaches people in about 145 countries how to grow their own food.

CEO Stan Doerr just returned from south Africa and is touched by the little girl with the big heart. "That's where we feel Michaela had really exemplified here, an attitude of serving others above self," Doerr explained.

Michaela says she hopes this money is going to help those in need. She also hopes she's setting a good example for her classmates and the community.  "I hope they start to donate some money," she said.  

And what does she want to do when she grows up? She wants to work with ECHO.

The organization's leaders say they're still looking for the golf cart, wagon and the person who took them. 

For more information about ECHO visit their website at