Makenzie Snyder, 13, of Bowie is the 2004 Angel Soft Angels in Action Grand Prize winner. The program rewards young people for community service.

For her efforts, Makenzie, a student at Benjamin Tasker Middle School, will receive $25,000 from Jane Kaczmarek of the Fox TV comedy "Malcolm in the Middle" on Wednesday in Los Angeles.

Makenzie was chosen for her Children to Children program, which has collected and distributed duffel bags and teddy bears to foster care children and raised more than $850,000 since it started in 1998. The program began with her parents' help and a $15,000 grant from the Freddie Mac Foundation.

Makenzie started her charitable work at age 4, when she helped her brothers raise money for the local fire department. She also has been an international baton twirling champion and hopes to be an interior designer.

Anima Sarah LaVoy of Cheverly recently founded a youth-oriented nonprofit, nonpartisan organization called SwingSemester.

The graduate of the National Cathedral School and Earlham College created the group along with Michael H.B. Wood as a way to encourage young people to get involved in the political process.

The group works by placing young people in volunteer and paid civic and political organizations.

-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER

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