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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – After watching NBC’s telethon to raise money for victims of Hurricane Sandy, eight-year-old Rileigh Pedersen wanted to help out in her own way.
She and her younger brother Connor set up a home-made cookie stand in their neighborhood in Wilmington and encouraged neighbors to donate what they could. They raised $208.
“We are proud of Rileigh,” said mother Kerry Pedersen in a news release Thursday. “We believe in teaching our children the value of giving, and we always choose causes that help or save others.”
“I just wanted to help,” said Rileigh, a student at Parsley Elementary School.
Rileigh launched a similar fundraiser in the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti in 2010. She was only in kindergarten at the time. She donated $130 in support of international relief efforts.
You can help people affected by disasters like Hurricane Sandy by making a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. There are several ways to donate:
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