12-year-old's efforts stretch from Iowa to Africa
A video shown at church inspired Miranda Walters to make a difference halfway around the globe.
She saw the faces of children dying from malaria thousands of miles from her Cedar Falls, Iowa, home and knew she couldn't ignore them.
A $10 mosquito net dramatically reduces the risk African children face of contracting malaria, an often-fatal infectious disease transmitted through mosquito bites. So Miranda, 12, gave herself a goal: Raise $100, enough to buy 10 nets for the nonprofit organization Nothing But Nets.
"After seeing the video, I told my grandma I wanted to do something to help them," Miranda says. "She suggested a bake sale. So we talked to people at church, made posters and baked some things."
She and her grandmother, Jill Rechkemmer, also of Cedar Falls, made Caramel-Pecan Cheesecake Pie and Caramel-Pecan Apple Pie, both from Taste of Home. They also invited others from the congregation to help with the baking.
"At first I worried we wouldn't get enough baked goods," says grandma Jill. "But there were so many!"
The bake sale raised $640, enough to buy 64 nets.
Miranda encourages other kids to think about raising money for a cause.
"It's possible no matter how busy you are," she says. "It feels good to do something to make a difference."
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