Local girl sells lemonade to raise money for Love in Action

Published: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 05:57 PM.

CHIPLEY - Sam Hagan, Director of local ministry and charity "Love in Action" wasn't quite prepared for  the response he got after speaking about the organization to the 10 and 11 year old Vacation Bible School class at First Baptist Church in Chipley.

"You never know with kids how they will react or the depth with which they understand," said Hagan. "I explained to the children that there were children and families who aren't as fortunate as others, and that helping them doesn't always mean giving money, that we can give items we no longer want or need to make a difference."

But 11 year old Keegan Welch, a rising sixth grader at Roulhac Middle School, not only understood; she decided to take action.

Welch became determined to help her community. She stopped by to see Hagan at his office shortly after his VBS visit, surprising him with a box containing dolls, clothing, and $15 of her own allowance.

"I was blown away," said Hagan. "I was moved by the impact this one little girl made all by herself."

But Keegan wasn't finished with her mission.

"Not everyone has a nice house or a mom and dad who loves them like I do," said Welch. "I felt like I could do something more to help."

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