Photography by Rett Peek | Shot on location at The Hornibrook Mansion The Empress of Little Rock | Hair by Ronnie Weatherly | Makeup by Melody McJunkins | Clothing & Accessories from Tulips
Abigail Davis has been immersed in community service for most of her life. “My parents are very active in the community and at church and my grandfather, Gary Davis, was known for his fundraisers.” As a third grader, she created necklaces and bracelets out of rubber bands for a school project and donated the proceeds to Heifer International. “It’s crazy to realize this small activity caused my heart to start a fire for volunteering.”
Abigail participated in the American Heart Association Sweetheart Program in 2016 and became an ardent advocate for the organization’s important mission fulfillment work. She also served as a the youngest chairman for a Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas with the introduction of the Silly Sock Shuffle, hosted at the Little Rock Zoo.
Both organizations make service very accessible. Abigail believes this is key garnering the support of her peers. “There are always different ways to help out, and they make it enjoyable. It’s all in the little details – passing out flyers or helping at the hospital – you can truly make a difference. Both have become like a second home to me because of the amazing people that work so hard to promote the organizations that they love.”
Last month, the American Heart Association recognized Abigail as the National Youth Advocate of the Year at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Central Arkansas American Heart Association Executive Director Joyce Taylor considers Abigail’s civic leadership an inspiration. “As a volunteer organization, we are thrilled to see young people like Abigail taking center stage in Arkansas and across the country on issues that impact heart health. She serves as a reminder that any age is the perfect age to volunteer and be an advocate.”