A 16-year-old girl from Herkimer goes out of her way to make others feel loved and appreciated, and that's earned her a spot as December's Kinney Kid of The Month.

Marietta Altieri is 16 years old. Marietta is a very special young lady who always puts the needs of others first, and makes others feel special and loved. Here's what her dad, Mark, had to say about Marietta:

Hello, let me introduce you to my very special daughter, Marietta. They say parents inspire their children but in my case, Marietta inspires me. Each day I awake she makes my lunch, gives a hug as I go to work, and tells me "it'll be OK, we have each other". No matter how bad the day may be, how financially tough it gets, or weeks we're running short on food, Marietta remains positive and boosts my spirits...

 

"She helps with gas in my truck to get to work and makes sure the cat and dog are given excellent care. Marietta is the girl at school that remembers everyone's birthday. She brings in a cupcake or card, and with a warm smile, will greet her classmates with a "happy birthday"...

 

"She loves helping at all the dinners and church activities. She was head of Operation Christmas Child and made up 35 boxes for less fortunate children. Church youth leaders told me without Marietta stepping up, this wouldn't be possible...

 

"Marietta is a truly remarkable loving young lady. From her church youth leaders , family , classmates and teachers will all tell you how special and how much love she has for others in her heart...

 

With tear in my eyes I wondering how I was so lucky to receive a special daughter like Marietta."

 

Marietta knows that it's not the material things that matter most, it's the people around us and the things we do to help others that really matters.

Congratulations to Marietta! She's our Kinney Kid of The Month, and the winner of a $200 gift card to Kinney Drugs.