Shelby Vickery, a 10-year-old living in Nash, Okla., sent $20.60 this week to the Sun City Fire Department.
It was all she had.
She has been collecting nickels, dimes and quarters for the past year. It was money she found in the laundry, the loose change from between the sofa cushions and lucky pennies from parking lots.
Last month when the state’s largest wildfire swept into Kansas – known as the Anderson Creek fire – she saw pictures of the fire on her mom’s Facebook page. She decided to help.
“Because God wants us to do good,” she said. “I saw how big the fire was and how it was damaging the trucks. I did it so we can help other people.”
Shelby gave the money to her grandmother, Barbara Chance, who wrote out a check to the Sun City Fire Department so it wouldn’t have to handle all the loose change.
“I think it is real sweet,” said Beth Davis, city clerk at Sun City, in Barber County.
“I talked with Mark Long, our fire chief, and our fire trucks are all broke down. Shelby wanted her missions money to be used for that.”
Shelby’s mother, Cassie Vickery, said she and her daughter attend the Bethel Holy Baptist Church in Nash, Okla., located about 90 miles southeast of Sun City.
“She personally chooses a mission project each year and donates it when somebody has a tragedy,” Cassie Vickery said. “She saw the fire on Facebook and said, ‘Mommy, they really need our help.’
“She has been doing this ever since she was little. … When families lose things, she gets her books and gathers her dolls and whatever clothes to help needy kids.
“She wants to pay it forward.”
Raising money for calves
The 476 students at Morgan Elementary School in Hutchinson raised nearly $1,500 in a two-week fundraising drive named “Coins for Calves” to help ranchers affected by the Anderson Creek fire.
The money raised is to purchase milk replacer and feed pellets for the calves who were orphaned by the devastating wildfires.
Kayla Wiedeman, principal at Morgan Elementary School, said it was a feel-good service from the kids.
“We knew the Red Cross was helping people, we thought we’d approach it from the animal side,” she said.
The kindergarten students in Kris Jenkins’ class raised the most money at $268 and each took turns throwing paper plates filled with whipped cream in the face of the classroom aide. In turn, they each received whipped cream hugs from the aide.