A group of Mountview Elementary School students who set out to make a difference have seen how far their efforts can go.
The Kids for Causes group at the school have been fundraising to donate money to uninsured wildfire victims who lost their homes to wildfires.
Over the course of several weeks the students worked hard creating homemade gifts and goodies to sell at the Cataline Craft Sale.
Thanks to their sales, contributions from their piggy banks, extra chores and several anonymous donations that totalled well over $1,000, the student group raised a total of $5,432.40.
“People are generous,” exclaimed Shelby Holet, after the group totalled up the money on their calculators.
“That’s awesome that people donated.”
She said during the course of the project, she learned “that we need to think about other people and that this is a good way to think about other people.”
Students who were helping at the craft fair said that generally they were shy at the beginning, but got the hang of selling their products throughout the day.
“I learned that it is hard at first to talk to people that you don’t really know and then once you get more into it is better,” said Ashtynn Cullum.
While this project is almost at it’s end point, and the class will be handing over their fundraising, they’re already moving to their next good deed. They’ll be doing some Christmas shopping to provide gifts for families in need.
Shelly Peel, the group’s teacher sponsor, ended the group’s meeting with a congratulations and advice for the future:
“Sometimes all it takes is for people to be the do-ers and you guys were the do-ers and you rallied the community around a good cause. When you are older, don’t wait for someone else to do it.
“You really made a huge difference.”
The class had a message for the community: “Thank you Williams Lake. You rock!”