ELKINS - A lively group of 10-year-olds worked up to and during the day of the Mountain State Forest Festival's Grand Feature parade in October to attain a lofty charitable goal.
The girls wanted to raise $2,000 to help support people facing cancer by selling pink lemonade, pink ribbons, T-shirts, hats, wristbands and pink ribbons painted on sidewalks.
Last year at the same time, Jillian Barnett gathered the components to set up a pink lemonade stand with the goal of raising $1,000. Barnett, with the help of her family, raised more than $1,300, which she donated to the Cancer Care Center in Elkins.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Beth Christian Broschart
A trio of friends present a check for $3,148 to the Davis House in Elkins with the hope of helping people battling cancer. Pictured are Dan Bucher, special projects coordinator at Davis Health System; Kylee Cable; Jillian Barnett; Daniela Sanchez; and Mark Doak, CEO of DHS.
This year, Barnett enlisted the help of two of her friends, Daniela Sanchez and Kylee Cable to help reach her goal of $2,000. The group ended up earning $3,148 to help the Davis House.
"My Mimi had breast cancer and I want to help people with breast cancer," Jillian said. "I want to help people so they do not have to suffer."
Daniela and Kylee said they each had a grandmothers who suffered from breast cancer as well.
The girls sold lemonade and other items during the parade. Jillian's grandma, Beverly Johnson, said she was thrilled with the girls' efforts.
"On the Monday following the parade, Jeff Cooper came to me and brought a check for $100," Johnson said. "He said he had never seen little girls that age working so hard, and he wanted to acknowledge their efforts."
Bucher said he is amazed by the girls.
"The impact our young folks are having throughout the community is amazing," Bucher said. "They give from the heart. You can't help but get excited when you see their enthusiasm. If this is representative of our tomorrow, we are in good hands."
Jillian said she will be raising funds again as next year's Forest Festival Grand Feature Parade approaches.
"I think this year we will try to reach $4,000," Jillian said.