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Kids Raise Money for Haiti Quake Relief

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Here's how I handled my own feelings of helplessness over Haiti with my youngest of three and her pal.

Kids raise money for Haiti

Lisa Sharkey: Casey Gleicher, 10, and Taylor Woods, 9, both fourth graders at the Nightingale Bamford School in Manhattan, decided to spend their Martin Luther King Day playdate doing something for Haiti. Rather than hanging out listening to music or watching television, these two young women thought they would appeal to New Yorkers to help them raise money to help the thousands who need a hand.

So the girls baked 42 brownies, filled up a huge thermos with hot chocolate, and made a sign. After a few hours outside on an Upper West Side sidewalk, chanting "Help us raise money for Haiti -- hot chocolate and brownies!," the pair collected $186.03 to donate to the cause.

There is a collection box in the lobby of their school earmarked for Partners in Health, a health care organization that has been operating in Haiti for more than 20 years. That's where their money will go.

The girls were overjoyed at the responses from people, most of whom were ready to gobble up their home-baked goods, but many of whom simply handed them money because it was all for a good cause.

It was so much more than a playdate, and we are hoping the movement catches on! Why not spend that time with your children in an age-appropriate way, figuring out how you can raise money to help those who need it most at this critical time? You'll teach some life lessons in the process.



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Aunt Tina January 19, 2010, 1:10 PM

I am so proud of my neice Casey. I just matched her donation. Lisa, Casey, you are an inspiration to all of us. xo aunt tina

Tanya January 19, 2010, 3:11 PM

I am so proud of Casey and her friend for helping those in need in Haiti!

-Tanya M. (family friend)

andy January 20, 2010, 4:08 PM

Lets all get our children involved. Charity!!!!!


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