Doughnuts for the Red Cross

Published 10:18 pm Wednesday, February 3, 2010

You’re never too young to make a difference, and a group of children from Driver is proving it.

Members of the Driver Junior Express spent their last day off school visiting Suffolk fire stations to raise money for the Red Cross’ Haitian relief fund.

“A lot of the people in Haiti don’t have food or parents,” said Kendall Parsons of Driver Junior Express. “We heard about the disaster and wanted to help them get food and help.”

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To do so, the children are Krispy Kreme doughnuts for $6 a dozen. Fifty-percent of the proceeds will go to the Red Cross to send to Haiti. The group is also accepting cash donations, 100 percent of which will go to the Red Cross.

Raising money for the citizens of Haiti, whose country was wrecked by an earthquake in January, is only one of the many causes the children have sought to help.

The group of 18 children organized after a tornado ripped through Driver.

“After the tornado, we got a group together to see what we could do to help,” Parsons said.

Since then, they have raised $500 for the Suffolk Humane Society, more than $2,000 in food for the Genieve Shelter, and they raised money during Driver Days for the fire department, as well.

“The kids are always working to do good in the community,” said Ken Parsons, father of a child in the group.

In addition to helping the community, the group has taught the children the meaning of community and importance of civic involvement.

“It’s fun, and you make yourself feel really good,” Kendall said.

To order doughnuts or donate to the effort, call Knot Hole Station at 538-2488.

“Krispy Kreme’s are so good — the best,” Kendall said. “Especially, when they’re nice and hot. Just put them in the microwave for 10 seconds.”

The deadline to order is Feb. 16. Doughnuts will be delivered to Beech Grove Church for pick-up on Feb. 20th.