Olivia volunteered at age 7 for many organizations including the Ronald McDonald House, the Nashville Zoo, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She is still active with all three of these organizations. At age 9, she started her own organization called "Tennessee H.U.G.S.," which stands for "Help Us Give Shoes."
They have collected over 35,000 pairs of shoes. She wants to bring that total to 50,000 by the end of 2013.
Their first event collected 670 shoes which she and her mother delivered to families in the Appalachian Mountains who lost everything in a flood. They have also delivered shoes to communities affected by tornadoes. Via missionaries, they have delivered shoes to Liberia, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Japan, Uganda, and Honduras.
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. Rhabdomyosarcoma. These are terms that some of us may never hear. Yet, to many families, these are the words that can forever change their lives. Olivia loves helping the families of children who stay at Vanderbilt University by having an annual wish list drive and yard sale. Her events have raised over $3,000 for these children.
In her own words: "I am a fourteen-year-old girl who one day is going to be a doctor and missionary, helping people all over the world. Until then, I spend my free time volunteering for organizations I love. Some people would like me to believe that I am too young to make a difference, but I know that kids my age CAN make a difference. I have also learned that giving is its own reward."
Her awards include Sumner County's 30 Most Influential People List (Spring 2011), Optimist Club Award (for community service in 2011), Community Service and Dedication Award from Tennessee governor Bill Haslam (2011).