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8-year-old girl working to make big difference for homeless

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — An 8-year-old girl has taken her school assigned community service and gone above and beyond. She is taking it upon herself to help out the homeless in the Port City.

Leah Schraff is collecting toiletries and interview clothes for homeless people in Wilmington. Her mom has helped her set up a spot to collect items outside the Food Lion at the intersection of College Rd. and S. 17th Street. They chose this area in the hopes that people might pick up some extra toiletries while grocery shopping and drop them off for donation. 

This morning Leah started a Leah started a website where folks can donate to her project.

The school assignment requires three hours of community service over the course of nine weeks. Today was her first day collecting, and she's already completed her required time, but she's pledged to keep collecting every Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon until Thanksgiving.

And for Leah, all of this started with a little inspiration from a YouTube video. The words from the YouTube video stuck with the 4th grader. 

"I started thinking about ways to help," Leah said. "Food and money is a great thing to do for the homeless, but it only really lasts for a day, but if they get a job, then they can have money to buy food." 

Her mother Jamie Schraff tells us she wanted to jump into action right away. 

"She's starting to write a blog," Jamie said. "She got her website set up this morning. She's all over it."


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