Wednesday, July 2, 2008

CWDkids Care Contest Runner-Up

Runner-up: Lexi, from Richmond, VA.

Seven-year-old Lexi heard of a local charity, Chattering Children, and wanted to help. Chattering Children is a non-profit organization that serves children with hearing loss.

With the help of Chattering Children and her family, Lexi decided to collect old cell phones in hopes of raising money for the organization. She placed fliers in all of the mailboxes of her neighborhood, with 400 homes, asking people to donate their old cell phones. She also set up drop-off sites for the phones at several local businesses and elementary schools and gathered them as they were donated.

The cell phones started coming in and her campaign became so popular that the local newspaper, the Richmond Times Dispatch, picked up her story. The newspaper article helped spread the word even more and Lexi was able to collect 1,200+ cell phones! The phones were given to Second Solutions who recycled them and donated $5,500 to Chattering Children.

Lexi continues to find ways to help other organizations as well. She collected 815 used books for Books on Wheels and sold lemonade raising $400, which she donated to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Recently, she adopted a cat, Angel, from C.A.R.E. (Cats Adoption and Rescue Efforts Inc).

Lexi - We are so proud of you! Thank you for your good work, and for helping others in your community! - Everyone at CWDkids

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