Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Statesville Girl Raises $4,300 for Hurricane Victims

As 12-year-old Addie McElwee of Statesville, North Carolina, watched the Hurricane Katrina disaster unfold on television last week, she decided that she ought to do something to help. Over this past weekend, Addie and her brothers Nathan, 10, and Briggs, 4, went into action and set up a lemonade stand to raise money to assist hurricane victims. As of yesterday morning, their efforts had netted $4,300.

In an article posted on its Web site, The Advocate of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, reports: . . .

"We went through 7 gallons, but it wasn't about the lemonade. You know what I mean?" [their mother, Shelly] McElwee said.

She said the response from her city of 25,000 residents about 40 miles north of Charlotte, N.C., has been overwhelming.

"People who couldn't come here are still coming up, asking 'Can we still contribute?'" McElwee said.

McElwee, a Gonzales native who attended Louisiana State University and lived in New Orleans working as a paralegal, said the stand's proceeds would be sent to Ascension Parish's Operation Good Neighbor program this week.

Hat tip to Lynn Vincent of World Magazine Blog.

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