8-year-old girls raise $2,800 for St. Jude
Over the summer, a group of inspiring 8-year-old girls held a charity event to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Madelyn Griffith, her twin cousins Sarah Kate and Sydnee Grace Griffith, Abby McGee and Jonna Graham performed a dance recital in August with the hopes of raising $500.
More than a year ago, Madelyn Griffith was inspired to raise money for charity. Sarah Kate and Sydnee Grace Griffith thought it was a fantastic idea, but they weren’t sure what charity they wanted to help.
When February rolled around and Cornerstone Christian Academy held their annual Math-a-thon to raise money for St. Jude, the twins knew what charity they wanted to help. “Our teacher showed a video about how the money we collect helps the children,” recalls Sydnee Grace.
Once the cousins agreed that St. Jude was the perfect charity to support, Sydnee Grace created a donation folder and scheduled dance practices for the group. The five girls would meet weekly to choose music, choreograph dance moves and plan the event. They set a date for the recital to take place, and their parents provided food. The event was held at the twins’ home and about 60 friends and family members of the group were in attendance. A table was set up with a jar to collect donations.
The girls’ fundraising goal was $500. They said that if they met that goal, they wanted to go to St. Jude’s to deliver the donation.
Before the dancing began, the jar was already full. When the donations were counted at the end of the night, and the announcement was made that the girls had raised more than $1,800 dollars, they went crazy.
“We all jumped in the pool with our clothes on,” says Sarah Kate. “It was amazing.”
To make the evening even more special, the girls tell that while in the pool they all saw a double rainbow in the sky. “It never even rained where we were, but we all saw the rainbow,” says Madelyn.
They believe God was smiling on them.
Word of what the girls had done spread throughout Jackson and DeKalb counties through a couple of newspaper articles. And by the time the girls traveled to Memphis to deliver the money, their donation had grown to $2,800.
Although too young to take a tour of the actual hospital, the group was able to tour the Danny Thomas Pavilion, named for the founder of the hospital. They learned about who the hospital helps and how much money it takes to keep the hospital going.
As they were leaving, the group was really moved by an accidental meeting. “We were getting ready to leave and we saw a girl through the window of the hospital,” says Madelyn.
“She came outside and talked to us,” adds Sarah Kate.
Breanna, a 12-year-old leukemia patient, made a huge impression on the girls. But it was the words of founder Danny Thomas that left the greatest impression. Inscribed above one of the arches in the pavilion is his statement “No child should die in the dawn of life.”
Every donation helps!
You can help the students of Cornerstone Christian Academy raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Feb. 14 through Feb. 28, kids in Kindergarten through the 6th grade will be accepting pledges for their annual Math-a-thon. Kids will get a math booklet and you can donate any dollar amount to encourage them to complete the booklet. After two weeks, all donations and booklets are turned in.
Every donation goes to St. Jude to help fund research to cure childhood cancer and for patient treatments. Since they began the Math-a-thon 10 years ago, Cornerstone has raised $28,288!
You can drop off your donation at Cornerstone, or you can donate to the hospital directly by visiting www.stjude.org.