Village School second-grader Charlotte (Charli) Firestone and little brother Hudson, 5, made a load of crafts and sold them door-to-door in their Huntington neighborhood on Christmas Eve Day, in an effort to raise money for the Westwood Transitional Village.
“We sold magnets, snowflakes, spin art and wooden race cars that we painted and decorated,” Charli told the Palisadian-Post. “Magnets and spin art were the most popular. We lost the spin art 10 houses in,” she said of their business venture.
Charli said she was inspired by a Thanksgiving drive Village School did for the residential housing facility for homeless families.
“My mom and I like helping a lot, and it makes me happy to help other people,” Charli said. “I was just making stuff and I said, ‘Let’s have a sale!’”
After selling door-to-door for more than an hour, accompanied by their dad, Charli said the sibling duo made a total of $63—a figure rounded up to $100 by their generous grandmother.
After the center got word of the fundraiser, the Firestone family was invited to take a tour of the facility and give the donation in person. When asked what she hopes the center does with the money, Charli said, “I think maybe they can split it for each family or they could use it to buy one family a house or something.”
If one thing is for certain, it’s that Charli and Hudson embodied the selfless spirit of the season.
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