McKinney girl raises money for Central Texas fire victims

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by STEVE STOLER

WFAA

Posted on September 9, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 9 at 5:45 PM

McKINNEY — An eight-year-old McKinney girl who saw images of the Bastrop wildfires wanted to do something to help, so she took to the streets of her neighborhood.

Kylie Schoonover was getting ready for school Wednesday morning, when she saw the dramatic scenes of horrific wildfires on the news.

"I saw a lot of fire and a lot of people's homes destroyed," she said.

The third-grader at Wilmouth Elementary felt a need to do something. So, she turned to her mom, Christie Schoonover.

"We just sat and talked and she said she wanted to help," said Christie. "And I said, 'OK, what can we do?' And she said, 'We can do a lemonade stand.' And I said, 'Of course you can!'"

Kylie said she would operate a lemonade stand in front of her house for the rest of the week. Her plan is to hand-deliver the money she raises to fire victims in Bastrop.

"It's just really important to me," Kylie said.

Her mom said this experience will deliver an important lesson.

"She lives a very blessed life," Christie said. " I think it's important for children her age to understand that there is life outside of her bubble."

The relief effort made mom and dad proud, and earned high marks from neighborhood customers.

By the end of the first day, Kylie counted up all her donations. It came to $43.75.

Not bad for a little girl with a big heart.

E-mail sstoler@wfaa.com

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