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Mullens Girls Gather Donations For Charleston Orphanage

Reported: Apr. 23, 2014 4:34 PM EDT
Updated: Apr. 23, 2014 11:18 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – (Stefano DiPietrantonio) – Christmas and Easter may be long past now, but it sure felt like the holidays for a trio from Mullens Elementary on Wednesday.

After hearing from their mom that some kids just don't have it as good as most of us do. Some don't even have a Mommy or a Daddy in their lives, they were told.

And that sad news lit a fire under those girls, to gather up as many good things as they could, and give them to the nearest orphanage and kids who could really use the gifts.

"How did all this come about?," asked the director at the Children’s Home Society.

All it took was three letters from three little girls, looking to give whatever they could, to a local orphanage.

"You guys writing those letters,” the director gushed. “You don't know how that inspires me!"

For the girls, it was a true lesson in humility, and a challenge from 6-year-old Kenna price, her big sister, 8-year-old Charleigh and their friend, 8-year-old Emma Blankenship, for everyone to take their lead.

"Some kids don't have anything, we wanted to do this," Kenna said.

"Her mom,” Blankenship said, referring to Leigh Price, “said that some kids don't have anything, and that made us want to write letters and bring them some stuff and toys that some kids never had."

Charleigh said her mother, after being asked, found the orphanage on Google.

"I was really impressed with it. It started out as a lesson in humility for them and turned out to be one for me, because their hearts are so giving at a young age," proud mom Leigh Price said.

All it took was a quick Google search and up came The Children's Home Society here in Charleston. The girls collected everything they could.

"I got a Christmas tree!" Blankenship said gleefully, as she carried it into the home.

They filled two vans full and through lots of giggles, got everything unloaded.

"Can you carry that?,” a woman asked Charleigh. “Make sure you can see!”

It was total teamwork for all three, with boxes so heavy, it took all three sets of hands to get the job done.

"It feels really good to help kids that don't have anything, that we can just help," Blankenship said.

They hauled in garbage bags full of toys and armloads of outfits.

"It makes me proud, absolutely makes me proud,” Leigh Price said. “I couldn't think of anything better, than to have my kids thinking of others."

The girls all said they never expected to get so much stuff together, but those vans were really packed!

Their classmates at Mullins Elementary must be so proud, and now that they've got this first giving adventure under their belts, who knows what good they may inspire next? There's a reason giving is contagious.




CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Elizabeth Noreika) -- Three very generous girls tried to brighten the lives of children across West Virginia on Wednesday.

The girls, aged 8, 8 and 6, gathered up donations in their home-town of Mullens and brought them to the Children’s Home Society in two vehicles.

The kids went out in their community to churches and schools to gather up the items, which included clothes, toys, shoes and Christmas decorations.

The Children’s Home Society is a private, non-profit, child welfare organization founded in 1896.



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