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Jefferson Award winner, 17, puts others first

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Alex Moran, 17, of Saunderstown, is just like any other teenage girl. She loves shoes, clothes, games, friends and everything else.

"You can see I'm always collecting things. I always have different projects going," Moran said.

"This is a big part of what she does, and we're very proud of her," said Lynn Moran, her mother.

What Alex Moran does is put others first. She helps those in need in any way possible. Through bike collections for kids and food drives for the homeless, Moran always has something in mind that will help benefit others.

"The benefit for me is seeing what I'm doing to try to help the people. Not the recognition," Moran said.

But it's time she is recognized. Moran runs the website Cool Sister's Closet and asks people to donate anything they can to her organization.

"If you have used things that you know can make a difference to someone else," Moran said.

She also runs a year-long food drive called "I'm not just hungry for the holidays." The project helps provide food to the North Kingstown Food Pantry.

"People need things not just when you want them, I guess. It's throughout the entire year. People are always hungry. It's not something the just happens around Christmas and around Easter and Thanksgiving," Moran said.

That would be more than enough goodwill for most teenagers, but not Moran. In conjunction with receiving her first driver's license, she is also spearheading a non-distracted driver campaign warning all drivers of the dangers of texting.

It's because of her unending quest to help others in any way possible that her mother nominated Moran for a 2013 Jefferson Award.

"I nominated Alex because I saw all the success she's that she was having, but more importantly all the time she's spent organizing and just becoming interested in the whole nonprofit world," Lynn Moran said.

So visit the website. Dig through your closets. If you have something to give, Alex Moran knows someone to give it to.

"Yeah, I'm a great source for that," she said.

Moran hopes to continue the giving long into her future. She is also trying to make sure that others are ready to take over her philanthropic efforts locally when she goes off to college.

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