[Vision2020] Nine Year Old Raises Enough Money to Buy 108 Thanksgiving Meals and Turkeys for Families in Need
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Mon Nov 18 07:11:41 PST 2019
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Courtesy of WNEP News (Charlotte, NC) at:
Nine Year Old Raises Enough Money to Buy 108 Thanksgiving Meals and Turkeys for Families in Need
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Alex Fischer is just nine years old but already has a giving heart.
Alex was seven when her mom, Lisa Fischer, said the family should take on a service project to help their community. After some extensive research, the Fischers chose the Charlotte Rescue Mission, a program that provides a free 120-day Christian residential program for men and women who are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol and are predominantly homeless.
When Lisa Fischer first pitched the idea to Alex, she figured they would pack one box as a family.
"She was like one box is not enough, let's do ten," Fischer recalled.
Fischer told her daughter ten boxes were kind of a lot and suggested Alex start a fundraiser.
Alex was on board and immediately got to work. That year, the Fischer's had a goal of donating around 10-20 boxes of Thanksgiving food to the Charlotte Rescue Mission.
Fast forward a couple of years later, and Alex is still fundraising for the mission center. With the help of the community, 10 boxes quickly turned into 100.
"Last year, we decided to go even bigger, and I thought our goal should be 101 boxes, and we ended up donating 130 boxes," Alex said.
Alex, with the help of her 6-year-old sister Caroline, set up a lemonade stand and bake sale in the front of their yard.
9-year-old raises money for Charlotte Rescue Mission
"I was in second grade and decided we should sell lemonade," Alex said. "And we ended up going bigger with some other stuff like brownies and cookies."
So far this year, Alex and Caroline have raised enough money to buy 108 frozen turkeys and boxes of food. At their lemonade stand last weekend, they sold out for the first time.
“I think everybody should have a Thanksgiving meal with their families,” Alex said. “A lot of people in Charlotte don’t have Thanksgiving meals.”
Lisa Fischer said she never expected the family service project to grow the way it did.
"Every year it continues to grow," Fischer said. "But it's awesome, and it's neat to see. It gets bigger and bigger."
"It's kind of humbling to see how many people want to help them and be apart of this. And we’re really excited to see where they go with this," Fischer said.
After all of their fundraising efforts, the Fischer's created a meal from the food provided in the box so the girls could see what they donated.
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