"For me, I like to give a lot of presents more than receive," said Brenda. "Because it's not about what you receive, it's about what you give."
Brenda just turned 12 years old, and already, she knows a lot about life.
"The best present you can give is love and friendship and family," she said.
She already has lots of friends in the sixth grade; her best friend made her this bracelet for her birthday but Brenda is looking for a family. "It would mean the world to me."
In her free time, Brenda loves to read books, especially vampire books. "Some of them don't use pictures and I like to use my imagination," she said.
Imagination she channels into writing in a diary, songs, and even short stories. "They all have happy endings where they all have brothers and sisters and a family for Christmas," she said about her stories.
It's the Christmas story she'd like to live in real life.
"Why do you want a family?" I asked her. "Because to me it feels like I'm home again and there's nothing to worry about because I'm safe."
If you're interested in adopting Brenda, or any other child in the state, call Mission West Virginia at 866-CALL MWV. Or you can send an email to email@example.com.