A Connecticut girl who lost a close friend to cancer has come up with a way to give back.
Emily Christensen, 6, of Hartford has her own “business” of sorts. It’s a non-profit that has so far raised $2,000 for the kids in the cancer ward at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. She presented a check to the hospital on Friday.
Here’s how they raised the money: Emily and her mom collect old crayons from local restaurants. They melt the wax into shapes like flowers and stars, creating new crayons out of them.
They put them into little packs and sell them for $1.
Emily’s mom, Charlene, said it was all her daughter’s idea.
“We were walking to school one day and the crossing guard said, 'Hey, my kid's grown up and doesn't need these crayons anymore. Do you want them?' I told him sure, but I don't know what I'm going to do with them,” she said.
That’s when Emily stepped in, thinking of a friend who had recently succumbed to cancer.
“I got home from school and my daughter said mommy, let's melt these crayons into shapes and sell them in honor of T.J. and make money for the kids who are sick,” said Charlene. “When a kid thinks of something for another kid, you've gotta do it.”
All of the money raised goes to “The Families Fund”.
It helps families of kids with cancer pay for things like parking, food, and other expenses.
Click here to learn more about Emily and her mission.