Seven-year-old Stella Wrubel of Dallas, Texas, was upset when she watched on TV the destruction Superstorm Sandy wrought on Greater New York last year. Her parents, Lucy and Steve Wrubel, told her that if she was really worried about the people affected by the storm, there were things she could do, even in Texas, to help.
The first grader decided to raise money for the Red Cross—by selling mistletoe. With her parents’ help, she created small, medium, large and extra-large mistletoe branches, decorated with bows and bells. For three weekends in a row, she sold them outside her Dallas home, raising a total of $2,000.
Rather than simply send a check, the family decided to fly to New York City. On March 14, Stella handed the check to Christopher LaBianco, Greater New York chief development officer, who accepted on behalf of the Red Cross.
Later this year, Stella plans to sell mistletoe for the Red Cross once again. This time, she says she’ll ask her friends to help her, so they can raise even more funds to help the Red Cross help those in need.