Within 25 minutes (which is all the time they had before it got dark), those girls raised $81.
They were so excited to come home and count it all up, and donate it on the go-fund-me account.
Meanwhile, along with lots of other small fundraisers like Lucy’s, one girl at the school (who happens to be friends with Grace), decided to put on a large-scale fund raiser carnival.
I don’t have pictures of the whole event…there were HUNDREDS of kids…this huge park area was packed…this picture I stole from Instagram can’t do it justice:
The students did EVERYTHING from gathering all kinds of things for the silent auction, organizing food trucks, organizing all kinds of donations, organizing a concert, parking, getting a permit…all the nitty-gritty details that go into something like that. Grace was able to help a little and just glowed with the kind of happiness that comes with getting in there and doing something that makes a difference.
They called the event “Strength for Sarah” and you can almost see that “strength” growing and becoming more powerful around here as everyone rallies to help.
Claire’s friends made videos for her family to play for Sarah in the hospital, still in a coma.
This is a closer-up picture of the shirts that were sold as part of the whole deal:
We have had these girls and their families in our hearts and prayers for what seems like a long time now. Sometimes struggles that people have to face seem unbearable. I’m so grateful for the power of kindness spreading to try to strengthen the feeble knees, and what it can do to a community to unite.
Conference is coming up this weekend and I hope some of the things shared will help calm those troubled hearts.
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