Brooklyn Mullenax, 10, of Bristolville, has been taught by her parents to always help others.
She took that lesson to heart and came up with a way to donate money to the family of Martin Richard, 8, who was one of the victims killed in the April 15 bombing at the Boston Marathon.
Brooklyn designed a t-shirt featuring a peace sign that has road markings on it and the words “Road to Healing,” as well as the date of the bombing and “Pray for the Victims.” She sold 500 t-shirts and raised approximately $4,000.
She and her family traveled to Boston for Brooklyn’s birthday and gave the money to Dan Lerner, who is the director of the Richard Family Fund.
Brooklyn said there are numerous items displayed near the marathon’s finish line where the bombs exploded, including a large display of tennis shoes signed by the marathon runners.
And this wasn’t the first time Brooklyn has helped someone in need. Last year, she made and sold duct-tape items to raise money for the family of Marisa Vincent, who was run over by a bobcat loader while playing in the yard last May.
“Since there were so many people in the Boston Marathon, I wanted to help them too,” Brooklyn said.