Local Girl Sells Cookies to Raise Money for Sandy Victims

WILMINGTON, NC, November 8, 2012 – One local girl found a clever way to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Eight-year-old Rileigh Pedersen sold cookies in her neighborhood over the weekend to raise money in support of disaster relief.

According to her mom, Kerry Pedersen, Rileigh was inspired to help after watching the telethon that aired last Friday evening on NBC, raising funds for American Red Cross Disaster Relief in response

Eight year old Rileigh Pedersen (left) hands a check to Victoria Kling, Regional Response Manager for the Eastern NC Region of the American Red Cross.

to Hurricane Sandy. The Pedersens also have family in Long Island who were impacted by the storm, which was further motivation to do what they could to help.

Rileigh and her younger brother Connor set up a home baked cookie stand in their Wilmington neighborhood with a handcrafted sign asking neighbors to donate whatever they could to support Red Cross disaster relief efforts in exchange for cookies.  The response they received was very positive. Overall, Rileigh raised $208.00 to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

“I just wanted to help,” said Rileigh, a student at Walter L. Parsley Elementary in Wilmington, NC.

“We are proud of Rileigh,” said Kerry Pedersen of her daughter’s inspiring venture. “We believe in teaching our children the value of giving and we always choose causes that help or save others.”

Rileigh is no stranger to fundraising, or to the American Red Cross.  This amazing young lady launched a similar fundraiser in the immediate aftermath of the Haiti earthquake in January 2010 when she was only in kindergarten, donating $130.00 in support of international relief efforts. Rileigh and her family also support other charitable organizations through fundraising activities on a regular basis.

“Rileigh is an inspiring example of how even our youngest community members can make a difference through volunteerism and philanthropy,” said Victoria Kling, Regional Manager of Disaster Response (photo with Rileigh Pedersen presenting donation check to Victoria Kling attached).

You can help people affected by disasters like Hurricane Sandy as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief.  Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. To make a financial donation in support of Red Cross Disaster Relief, visiting http://www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to the local chapter office at 1102 S. 16th Street, Wilmington NC 28401 or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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