LEWISTOWN - Sierra Morrison is a young girl of few words but lots of heart. At only 10 years old, she launched a grassroots effort to provide back-to-school clothes for children in need.
It all started with a backpack.
"Last year, she had a Jansport bookbag on yard sale sites," her mother, Tiffany, explained.
Sierra Morrison, of Lewistown, spent her summer raising money to purchase school clothes for children in need. With community support, she funded back-to-school outfits for nine kids from three families this year.
A woman messaged Sierra about purchasing the backpack for her granddaughter. When the family came to pick up the bag, the girl was excited because she had never owned a name brand item before, Tiffany said.
Her positive response led Sierra back into her bedroom where she pulled a few more pieces of clothing out of her dresser and offered them to the family at no cost.
Sierra said the exchange made her feel good and encouraged her to do more.
This summer, she started holding yard sales to raise money to buy clothes for kids in need. Tiffany said the first yard sale netted $197.50, and by the end of the summer, Sierra had raised enough to purchase several brand new, name brand, first-day-of-school outfits for less fortunate children.
Sierra said she posted a note on her Facebook page explaining her wish to help and asking families in need to contact her. Three families with nine children total responded.
"They all gave reasons why they needed," Tiffany said. "We didn't know any of them. Now we're all friends."
The families came to meet Sierra face-to-face and pick up the gifts she purchased for them. Each child received one pair of pants, a shirt, a tablet and pencils. Tiffany said some of the girls also received a dress and shoes.
"They liked it," Sierra said about the childrens' response to their gifts. "They hugged me."
Through her efforts, Sierra, who is homeschooled and entering the fifth grade, hopes that the new items will prevent kids from being bullied at school.
"I'm so very proud of her ... me and her dad (Bill Morrison) both," Tiffany said.
According to her Facebook page, Sierra is done with yard sales for the year, but plans to use sandwich sales and candle fundraisers to provide Christmas gifts this winter.
For more information, visit Sierras Helping Hands on Facebook or call Tiffany Morrison at 953-7522.