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8-year-old Bossier City girl triples fundraising goal for S. La flood victims

A Bossier City 8-year-old has far surpassed her fundraising goal for South Louisiana flood victims. (Source: Victoria Shirley, KSLA News 12) A Bossier City 8-year-old has far surpassed her fundraising goal for South Louisiana flood victims. (Source: Victoria Shirley, KSLA News 12)
BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) -

A Bossier City 8-year-old has far surpassed her fundraising goal for South Louisiana flood victims.

Taylor Henry announced last Sunday, she would sew and sell fabric tissue holders to raise money for flood victims. Her goal was to raise $1,000 in 7 days, but she tripled that amount in just a week.

"Wow, I knew that I could make my goal, but I didn't think I could make it this much past it, I'm really surprised," Taylor Henry said. 

So far she's raised more than $3,200.00. All the money she has raise will go to Woodlawn Baptist Church in Baton Rouge to help mud-out homes, and buy supplies for those effected by the recent flooding. She was honored at her church Airline Baptist for her donation Sunday. 

"We have had people from all over reach out and want to help in any way possible," Taylor's mom Julia Henry. "Children are donating a couple of dollars from their own piggy banks and wanting to start a project for those in need too," she said.  

She has accepted 950 orders, so far, but only 550 people have paid so far. As a result, they are expecting the amount raised to go up by the end of this week. 

Orders have come in from everywhere from Canada, New Hampshire, Connecticut, West Virginia, California, and Tennessee, just to name a few. 

"A lot of people are, they are donating fabric, money for thread and envelopes and sometimes a little extra money besides the $5.00 or if they ordered more," Taylor Henry said. 

According to Julia Henry, whatever money donated for supplies that isn't used will be going back to their church, Airline Baptist to donate down south.

Taylor Henry has been sewing everyday and has so far stitched 450 kleenex holders.
But she's got plenty of help. Family and friends are also helping out with cutting, ironing, pinning, stuffing, and even delivering the tissue holders. 

The money isn't just from tissue holder purchases, Speedway Plumbing donated $200.00 to Henry's cause and a local couple, Trey and Brooke Colgrove donated $300.00.

Taylor Henry explained this project has inspired her to do more fundraising efforts like this in the future.

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