Teen Sings for Hurricane Relief

By: Liza Park
By: Liza Park

If you don't have a lot of money to give to the hurricane relief effort, there may be other ways for you to contribute. That's what one teen from Jennings, Florida says and she's been putting money where her mouth is, literally.

Like a siren, 13-year-old Greta Smidt is trying to lull people her way to donate money for Katrina relief, and if she has her way, her nine years of voice lessons will pay off for hurricane affected children and their school.

Smidt's mother, Lina Smidt, says, "She came up with this idea to put the children back in school. She said, ‘I can not do much, but at least I can raise a minimum of $100,000 and help to rebuild at least one school, which is damaged the most.’"

Smidt adds, "It's not really tiring because if you think about it, you're doing something to help someone else."

Smidt says she's raise about $4,000 in less than three weeks while performing at 10 Wal-Marts in south Georgia and north Florida.

The manager of Wal-Mart on Apalachee Parkway says, "Here was a young lady that had a talent and she just wanted to share it in a way that would help those that are in need and I thought, 'Man, that's awesome.' I think we're being blessed today because I had no idea what she was going to bring to it."

Wal-Mart customer Angela Moran says she agrees.

Moran says, "It's good to see children get involved with, you know, the fundraising and the donations and the money to help other children."

Smidt says she hopes to raise the money by Christmas, but if not, she'll probably continue her efforts pas the holidays. Greta Smidt's school, Georgia Christian School, set up a non-profit, charitable account for her fundraising so donations are tax deductible.


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