Waddington 10-year-old uses $100 in ‘seed money’ to raise $400 to provide winter clothing for needy families
Saturday, August 18, 2012 - 8:35 am

WADDINGTON -- A Waddington youth is hoping to warm up the North Country this winter with help from St. Lawrence Valley Community Action Angels.

Ten-year-old Eve Higginson of Waddington, has raised nearly $400 in donations for her "Warm Hands, Heads and Hearts" project which will provide winter clothing to families in need.

Higginson's project was sponsored by Action Angels' "Kids are Key" program, which offered participants $100 in seed money to fund community service projects established by children. The idea, according to Action Angels Coordinator Alicia Murphy, is to help children become active in service projects and show them the positive impact they can have on their communities.

"This innovative, statewide initiative is all about kids helping kids," Murphy said.

Working with a mentor, Higginson established her project and raised money to help as many families as possible.

To raise the necessary money, Higginson set-up a table at Waddington Homecoming, to sell water, snacks, and raffle tickets for donated items.

Murphy said she was able to raise approximately $400.

All monetary donations will be used to purchase outwear and to further promote the project.

Higginson will also be collecting donations of new and gently used outerwear.

Although Higginson has made headway on her project, Murphy said she is not the only local participant in the Kids are Key program.

Thirteen-year-old Amanda Mason, of Parishville, and 12-year-old Marc Tessier, of Massena are also developing their own community service projects.

"All three participants are very special, very driven kids. This project will help to develop them as contributing leaders in their communities,” Murphy said. “We are looking forward to reporting on the progress of their respective projects.”

Murphy said anyone interested in learning more about the Warm Hands, Heads and Hearts project should contact Higginson or her mother Debra at 388-7819, or visit http://www.facebook.com/WarmHandsHeadsAndHearts.

To learn more about the Action Angels contact Murphy at 386-1102 x27, or visit https://www.facebook.com/SLCCDPCommunityActionAngels.