Brownsville Kids Launch Fund Drive for Haiti

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From left: Grace Rainey, Olivia Nichols, Lauren Vanhall, Sarah Meng, Nichole Heon, and Victoria Plitt.
From left: Grace Rainey, Olivia Nichols, Lauren Vanhall, Sarah Meng, Nichole Heon, and Victoria Plitt.

What started out as a bus ride conversation between Lindsey Belt and Taylor Blake, both age 11, about the horrors of the Haitian earthquake has turned into a fundraising effort that, as Belt put it, “one hundred kids want to help in.”

Blake and her family sponsor a young girl in Haiti and at the time the girls began their fundraising project, no one had been able to locate her. The girl has since been found and is doing well.

“If I see someone getting hurt, I always want to help,” said Blake. About 20 other Brownsville Elementary fifth graders felt the same way. Early Saturday morning, Jan. 23,  the Crozet Great Valu parking lot was full of fifth graders waving banners and posters, coaxing passing drivers and pedestrians alike to buy their homemade desserts.

Belt and Blake have also started a “can drive.” Businesses such as Sal’s Pizza, Fisher’s Auto Parts and Couture Design have agreed to place the girls’ special cans in their shop where customers can donate money to be turned over to the American Red Cross.