Most 10-year-old girls spend their last few weeks of summer going to the pool, spending time with friends, and sleeping in late. However, one local 10-year-old, Barbara Helen Moye, is doing so much more! Barbara Helen, along with help from her mom, Ashley Moye, is collecting backpacks for children who would otherwise not have one when school starts.
A few years ago, one of Barbara Helen’s former teachers, Lisa Smitherman, at Beverly Woods Elementary told her that some children don’t have backpacks and even some at Beverly Wood’s sister school, Sterling Elementary, did not have them. Barbara Helen said, “That inspired me, so I decided to collect backpacks. This is my second year collecting backpacks so I thought I’d try to collect more this year.” Last year she collected 47 backpacks and her mother dropped them off at Sterling Elementary before school started. Barbara Helen said, “It made me feel good that I was helping other kids. Our goal is to collect 100 backpacks this year because there are 100 new kindergarteners at Sterling Elementary. We want to let them all have a backpack if they need one.” All I can say is W-O-W!! What a special little girl!
Barbara Helen has enlisted the help of her friends and her Girl Scout Troop # 2147 this year. She is also partnering with Alphabet Soup Gifts & Monogramming Boutique to help her collect the backpacks. She has placed a box at their store where you can donate your new or very gently used backpacks or school bags.
Smarties, we encourage you to share this story with your children and help Barbara Helen with her mission to collect 100 bags by Thursday, August 22nd!! Drop by Alphabet Soup on 3900 Colony Road in SouthPark in the Morrocroft Shopping Center ASAP!
Besides using her time to help others, Barbara Helen is a normal girl who likes to ride her bike, swim, golf, and play with her dog. However, it’s totally obvious that her parents have been excellent role models and made a huge impression on her in ways to give to others. It’s an important lesson to us all!
We’re sending a big pink & green hug to Barbara Helen for inspiring our children to be compassionate and giving!