By Heather Collins
After seeing tragic stories of Hurricane Harvey victims on the news and remembering them in their daily prayers, two Prairie Trace fourth-grade students decided to try and help.
Bridget Davis and Jordan Phillips, both 9, decided to raise money by setting up a stand in their Cherry Creek Estates neighborhood to collect monetary donations from friends and family members and walking dogs, raking leaves and selling lemonade for the cause.
Their mothers, Denika Phillips and Barbara Davis, said they are proud of the girls for taking the initiative to help others.
“As a parent, it really just warms my heart to see someone so young feeling that they can try and do as much as they can by collecting as much as they can,” Bridget’s mom, Denika Phillips said. “Even our four year old, he’s trying. It’s really cool to see. At that age, they have so much love in their heart and passion to help someone else.”
The girls said their classmates wanted to help, too, and have assisted them by collecting donations. One classmate set-up a lemonade stand and donated the $18 he collected to the fund.
The girls said they decided they wanted to do something to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey after seeing people on the news carrying children, sitting on top of cars and houses and floating on mattresses.
“We just wanted to help them,” Jordan said.
Bridget’s 15-second-older twin brother, Chris, and Jordan’s four-year-old brother, Charles, also assisted with raising funds by going door-to-door with the girls. Charles donated his pennies to the cause.
The girls hope the funds will help Hurricane Harvey victims attain food and water.
After four days of fundraising, the girls raised $455.56 that will be donated to the American Red Cross in support of the victims.