While most children across the Oklahoma City metro area may have the new school year on their minds, some are still learning to cope with the devastation of recent wildfires.
A group of 8-year-old girls at Nichols Hills Elementary wanted to help, and their efforts inspired a schoolwide donation drive to benefit Luther residents affected by fire.
Third-graders Ally Petree, Hallie Harned, Kirby Johnson and Hannah Potter hand-wrote 30 notes for Luther families and put together gift bags filled with perfumed lotions, shampoos and conditioners, drink mixes, cologne and other pampering items.
Hallie said the fragrance-filled lotions and soaps are a special treat.
“It makes you feel good,” she said.
The girls bought many of the goods with money donated to their group, called Helping Hands. They started the group in kindergarten as a way to help others.
“We do this with our own hands,” Kirby said. “And it feels really good to help.”
Other things in the bags were donated by stores in Oklahoma City.
One line in the notes reads, “We may be little, but our hearts are big.”
They plan to deliver the gift bags and notes to residents in Luther on Friday.
Nichols Hills Elementary Principal Carol Berry said the girls are sweet and always looking for ways to lend a hand. Their giving spirit inspired the idea to assist the schools as well, so the Nichols Hills student council is accepting donations of school supplies and gift cards to send to Luther campuses.
“It's that Oklahoma spirit,” Berry said. “We don't want our fellow man to suffer.”
Berry said the school will be collecting donations over the next two weeks to be delivered to schools in Luther.