Young Girl Sells Bracelets To Benefit Families Of Fire Victims
Many in the area are still stepping up to show support to those who lost so much in the deadly Sherrard fire nearly two weeks ago. That includes one little girl who is hoping to make a big difference.
Eight-year-old Kinslee Whitcomb has her mind set on those helping families. "I was sad because a lot of people died," she said. She stapled six pieces of paper together to make a homemade donation box and the Orion student got things underway. Going door-to-door around her house, Kinslee noticed a lot of people wanted to help.
"Someone gave me a hundred dollar bill." Then came the idea for the bracelets, which are designed with all the girls names: Anna, Breana, Holli, Jessica, and Cassie. The words "in loving memory" are on the opposite side. Kinslee picked out the colors blue and white to resemble clouds.
"They would become angels, and some people think angels live in clouds," said Kinslee.
She started off with 400 and sold those in one day. Another 1,500 bracelets are on the way with hundreds already spoken for. "It's overwhelming. The community has pulled together for the families, it's just tremendous," said Kinslee's father Roger Whitcomb.
Kinslee doesn't really know the families-she just knows they've lost a lot, especially the Viagers, where she remembers dropping off a Christmas basket one year. Now she's gotten a chance to see the aftermath first hand. "Two years ago we went there and then after it I went there and all I could see standing left was their playhouse." She hopes to help them pick up the pieces and honor their loved ones one bracelet at a time.
Kinslee hopes to sell the bracelets at any upcoming benefits for the fire victims' families. Several area 7-Eleven gas stations decided to pay for every single bracelets so that all the money raised in sales with go to the families.
For information on ordering a $2 bracelet you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Sue Pasdach (309) 236-6072.