Meet Nyla, our Child of the Month

About Nyla

Age: 11

Attends: Deer Park Middle Magnet in Randallstown, MD.

Grade: 6

Favorite hobby: Dance: hip hop, jazz, modern, African

Nyla Adams serves as a shining example of the adage: “All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten.”

After learning about community helpers in kindergarten, Nyla wanted to become one herself. She enlisted the assistance of her mother, who contacted local charitable organizations about volunteer opportunities for young children. They all said the same thing: She’s too young.

Nyla didn’t give up hope. “I thought, ‘I’ll just do it myself,’” Nyla says.

So she did.

Over the past five years, Nyla has spearheaded a number of volunteer efforts. There’s her local holiday pajama drive, aided by her “Super Friends” from different parts of the country—mostly kids of her mother’s friends—who mail her pajamas that they collect. This past year, she collected an all-time high of 325-plus pajamas, which were distributed to local shelters. Nyla has other led other volunteer activities, including organizing sock drives and delivering Rita’s Italian Ice to children who live at shelters.

“It’s sad for me to know that some kids don’t have what I have,” Nyla says.

She urges other young people who feel similarly to act on their impulses. “Just do it,” she says.


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About Elizabeth Heubeck

Elizabeth Heubeck, a native of Baltimore, is a former editor of Baltimore's Child and the mother of two teenagers. Currently, she spends much of her spare time wishing she was a gourmet cook (or at least a solid short-order cook), hoping the piles of laundry would disappear and, in the warmer months, battling weeds in her flower beds.


  1. Congratulations Nyla! We love helping you with your charity. Such a worthy cause and such a worthy beautiful young lady!

  2. You are such a kind, compassionate and blessed young lady! Continue to let your light shine! So very proud of you.
    With Love,
    Daimon, Jessica, Benjamin and Elise

  3. Khadijah (from school)

    Nyla! I didn’t know you were so charitable!

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