Friday, April 5, 2013
Canned peas and carrots and beans and boxes of macaroni and cheese.
So far, Ashley Johnson’s generous letter to family and friends has led to donations of more than 400 pounds of canned and boxed non-perishable food for Helping Hands of Georgetown.
In addition to the canned goods, people have donated $140 to help in other ways.
These gifts were sparked by Ashley’s letter she sent out in early March.
“Dear Family and Friends,
“I hope and pray that you are doing okay. I’m doing okay too.
“I’m writing this letter because this month is my birth. March 28th, I [turned] 8 years old. I told my mom I didn’t want a birthday party like the ones I had before. Instead of bringing presents for me they can take the money and buy can goods and stuff that comes in boxes that won’t go bad and give it to Helping Hands of Georgetown.
“This month is also my church month to help out (Soul Saving Station).
“If you send a check please make it out to Helping Hands of Georgetown.
“Mom thought it is a great idea. I will be giving out birthday cake to anyone who brings in a donation after 1 p.m. on the 28th of March until all is gone.
“Thank you for helping me celebrate my birthday.”
Peggy Johnson said her daughter Ashley also received more donations of food items from members of her Girl Scout Troop 714. The 46 girls are in a troop in the North Santee Community of Georgetown County.
Ashley is in the second grade at Kensington Elementary School in Georgetown.
If you’d like to help celebrate Ashley’s generosity by making a donation, their address is:
Helping Hands of Georgetown, Inc., 1813 Highmarket St., Georgetown, SC 29440. Call 843-527-3424 or visit the website at helpinghandsofgeorgetown.org.
By Tommy Howard