Local Student Makes A Difference
From Strawn, TX to Newtown, CT
December 18, 2012
Special Thanks To SISD Alumni, Jeff Hinkson, for providing this article.
Upon arriving home from school on Friday, Harrison Windham (son of Aaron & Kristin Orsini & Will Windham & grandson of Brother Mike & Brenda Orsini) was very upset to learn what had happened earlier in the day. The 3rd grader's immediate response was that he wanted to do something to try to help all of those who were hurting.
He and his mom began to plan...he made signs and a jar for collecting donations. They then began to call and text to spread the word. Harrison popped popcorn and friends and neighbors baked cookies and muffins. "People were even leaving containers of baked goods on our front porch early this morning!" Mrs. Orsini reported. Harrison and friends began their mission at 9 A.M. Saturday morning and set up a booth at Pac-a-Sac in Strawn selling goodies, taking donations, and gathering cards and letters to send to the community of Newtown, CT. The morning went very well, with many people stopping by to write out a note or create a card, and the donations jar was filling up nicely.
They closed up the booth and left Pac-a-Sac at 3:30 (Saturday) and have made $564.81, thus far. Since then, Harrison's outreach has grown. Donations will be accepted at the City Hall's in Strawn, Mingus and Gordon throughout this week. The family has made tentative plans to travel to Newtown to let Harrison hand-deliver the gifts of love and support that he has gathered from Strawn and the surrounding area.
NBC 5 (Dallas/FW) has picked up the story with plans to possibly run it this evening and possibly again later this week.
We're very proud of the kindness that Harrison has shown & the generosity of area residents in supporting his efforts to support those hurting in Newtown.
If you would like to make a donation, please either stop by Strawn City Hall or mail a donation to;
City of Strawn - Harrison's Fund
c/o Danny Miller - City Secretary
P.O. Box 581
Strawn, Texas 76475
Please help spread the word and contribute what you can.
Jeff Hinkson - On behalf of the Strawn Chamber Board