by Sheri Duff
When posed with the question “what did you do over summer vacation,” eight-year-old Lexi Hall will find it easy to answer. In fact, the Shelburne Community School third grader has a response at the ready: she made activity kits for homeless children at Harbor Place.
“Me and my mom delivered some blankets to Harbor Place a few weeks ago. And that made me think about what else the kids might need or like to do there. That’s when I came up with the idea of the activity kits,” Lexi explained.
Divided into two age groups, 3-7 and 8-12, the activity kits include coloring books, crayons, and gently used stuffed animals, small toys, and books, among other items. “My mom buys some of the supplies at the dollar store,” Lexi informed. Other materials were donated once community members became aware of her generous mission through Front Porch Forum.
“I answered the ad on Front Porch Forum,” said resident Carla Bond by email. “An 8-year-old Shelburne girl, Lexi Hall, was looking for donations to make activity kits for homeless children at Harbor Place. When I dropped off my donation at her house, her mom, Laura, invited me in to see some of the assembled kits. Their enthusiasm was refreshing and I was impressed with this young girl’s wherewithal to do this project. At the time of my donation Lexi had delivered 16 kits and had plans to keep production going.”
In addition to the 45 activity kits she has made and delivered to Harbor Place, community service is in Lexi’s blood. She regularly volunteers at the Burlington Emergency Food Shelf by making meals, donating food, or attending game night with her mom. While this young Shelburne native obviously likes helping others, she also enjoys riding bikes, shopping at the mall with her sister, playing with friends, and reading Harry Potter.
“I would like to say thank you to everyone that has helped me so far,” Lexi shared. “But if residents still want to help they can donate coloring books, crayons, large reclosable storage bags, toothbrushes, and toothpaste,” she said.
“Lexi is a petite little girl with a big heart who is showing incredible kindness,” Bond acknowledged. “I think she deserves recognition because she is a great role model for our community.”
For more information about the activity kits, or to donate to their continued production, contact Laura, Lexi’s mom, at firstname.lastname@example.org or cal 985-2599.