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Local 11 Year Old Fundraises for Japan

Only 11 years old, Bailee Brennan from Menifee began her own personal fundraiser for Japan relief.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Yet another young student has stepped up and surprised us with their unbelievable efforts in helping those in need. Only 11 years old, Bailee Brennan from Freedom Crest Elementary, Menifee began her own personal fundraiser for Japan relief. Bailee decorated her own canisters and used them to collect donations from anyone willing to give at her school. She constantly reminded the community of Freedom Crest Elementary to support and donate by speaking through the school’s intercom system on a regular basis. With the help and support of Principal Jennifer Adcock, and teachers Mr. Shumway and Mrs. Starline Root, Bailee was able to raise an astounding $1,025 for relief in Japan – a very impressive feat for anyone of any age.

Such a simple idea of collecting money with decorated canisters became a huge success because of Joyce’s heart and motivation behind it all. Bailee's story is one of many recent stories of young children doing their part to help others in need. Although they are small in stature, they have shown that their hearts are as big as anyone’s.

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The American Red Cross shelters, feeds, and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization- not a government agency and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American Public to perform its mission.