Abigale Bilotta, 14, a Peyton Heart Project Ambassador for Hatboro, PA. She will be a Peyton Heart Project ambassador until January 20, 2021. This will be her second year as an ambassador.
Essay for 2020:
Hi! I’m Abby Bilotta and I’m 14 years old, as you may know. I am applying to have my ambassadorship renewed for the 2020 year. I’ve done many things to get the word out about The Peyton Heart Project and help in my area.
In the 2019 year I had put on my first fundraiser called the ChrisSanthemum Project. We had raised over $9,400 and donated half to The Peyton Heart Project and the other half to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. It was a family friendly beer garden event with bands, many raffle baskets and games. I had given out the Peyton hearts to the people at the event and I had shared what The Peyton Heart project is and what it’s about. On June 27, 2020 at Moss Mill Brewing Company, I am hosting another fundraiser and donating half to The Peyton Heart Project and the other half to the Leukemia & Lymphoma society again. I’m hoping and trying to make this years fundraiser bigger and better!
In October on Mental Health Awareness Day I brought The Peyton Heart Project to the Upper Moreland High School and I’m only in the middle school as an 8th grade student. Fox 29 news came out and interviewed me and they think that The Peyton Heart Project is an amazing organization. The Upper Moreland Middle and High School are both very involved and want to help with The Peyton Heart Project. The middle school showed our whole school the video of me at the high school event and each student had to do a little assignment about what they watched. Also, at the middle school in December, I had done a little event with my school’s Builders Club. I had taught them how to make the hearts a few different ways and showed them how to tag and gave them information about The Peyton Heart Project. At the middle school we are working on having a dress down day for the teachers and students and the money raised will be donated to The Peyton Heart Project.
In 2019 I had also taught my Girl Scout Troop how to make the hearts, and I had taught a few of my good friends how to make and tag the hearts. I also talked to my church Youth Group about the project. Everybody was a huge help with me and I’m so glad that I have those people in my life who want to help me to get the word out about The Peyton Heart Project in my area. Thank you so much!
In her own words: (2019)
My name is Abigale Bilotta Im 13 years old and I live in Hatboro, Pennsylvania.
I have been affected by bullying personally. I was bullied during my fourth grade year. It made me very self conscious and not believe in myself as much as I should [have] and it made me very upset and confused why the person would be so happy to be mean and make me upset. I did go to the counselor’s office quite often just to talk to her. I didn’t start to get better with my self confidence until I started to gain more friends in the beginning of sixth grade. They are still my really good friends because they would always be so nice and would help me with anything.
I have been affected by self-harm not personally but I have a few really close friends who have self-harmed. One of them is in a suicide [prevention] clinic to try to get help with how badly she has depression and suicidal thoughts. One of my other friends has cut her wrists sadly but got help right away if it was a bad cut. Another one of my friends has tried once and he almost passed but he survived and he said it was one of the scariest feelings he had ever had.
I have been affected by suicide by my cousin dying from suicide [he] and I were very close and whenever he was around we would always have a great time. But he had eczema, OCD and many other issues. He was on pain killer medication and he became addicted. When the doctors took him off he thought he couldn’t live without it, so he decided to take his own life. It still affects me greatly on a daily basis.
I have been affected by other mental health issues not personally but my dad has anxiety and depression and a few of my friends have anxiety and depression they all are on medication to help it and they are doing better than they used to.
I heard about The Peyton Heart Project from my friend who found a heart and posted it on her instagram. Instantly, I was intrigued by it and wanted to learn more because I love to help people.
The Peyton Heart Project means to me that there is kindness and love in the world and you just have to look for it. It means that there is [help] for whatever you are going through and you just need to ask for help. With the hearts you can spread kindness and some people will get help from finding these hearts.
I want to be an ambassador because I would love to help more people and spread the word that you can get help and you don’t have to keep all of your emotions locked up inside of you.
Some ideas I have are to make hearts with my girl scout troop and I know my leader would love to help. Also, I am doing a fundraiser on June 22, 2019 for suicide awareness and the leukemia lymphoma society. I would also like to talk to my school to see if we could maybe do an assembly or something to spread the word.