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Girls cook up plan to aid storm victims

A group of Salt Lake City girls holds a bake sale to raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Many of the items sold within 20 minutes.
A group of Salt Lake City girls holds a bake sale to raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Many of the items sold within 20 minutes.
Tom Smart, Deseret Morning News

After seeing all the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Katrina, a group of 10-year-old girls in Salt Lake City decided to do something to help — one baked good at a time.

Like so many other people around the country, they were distraught with what had happened. "I was really sad because so many people lost everything," said Carol Foote.

"I felt really bad because I knew they needed help," said Megan Warr.

Foote, Warr and a group of around 15 of their friends decided to hold a bake sale to help raise money to send to hurricane victims. The girls held a vote to decide if their money should go to the Red Cross or United Way and thought it should go to the Red Cross.

The girls' parents and others in their neighborhood pitched in to help prepare the treats for the girls to sell. Many of the parents teamed up with their daughters to make the treats. Madi Olson worked with her mom to make brownies and popcorn treats, while Christina Workman and her mother made pumpkin cookies and bread.

The sale had so much support that before it even started the girls had raised $125 from neighbors wanting to help out. Their original goal had been to raise $250, but they decided to up it to $1,000 in hopes of beating the total their school was trying to collect.

The sale received so much support that only 20 minutes after it started, many of the baked goods had already been sold. Mary Jane Price, one of the mothers helping with the sale, opted to take some of the girls back to her house to prepare more baked goods. She liked that the girls had found a way to help with something that had such a big impact on the nation.

"They're so powerless when big tragedies happen. They're old enough to feel like they can do something. It's fun for them to get to do it," she said.

"I think a lot of times we hear about terrible things and wonder what we can do, and even though we talk about it, the harder part is knowing where to begin and what to do," said Susan Koelliker, another of the girls' moms. "This is a simple way that they can help and make a difference."

The girls also liked the feeling of providing much-needed funds to victims.

"It's really fun to work together with your friends to help people," Warr said.

"It's rewarding because I'm helping a lot of people who are victims of Hurricane Katrina," Workman said.

One of the most exciting things about the sale is that the organizing and planning of the event was done solely by the girls.

"I'm so excited because she's the one that's gone ahead with this," Julie Poulson said, speaking of her daughter Jessika's involvement in the sale.

Parents also liked that it inadvertently allowed them a way to help.

"I'm happy that they've thought about it and decided to do it because it's making me help and think about it too," Koelliker said.