Youth raises funds to help Habitat for Humanity

Lorraine Armstrong

Lorraine Armstrong

April 29, 2007|by ERIN JULIUS

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Lorraine Armstrong isn't old enough to work on-site during Habitat for Humanity builds, but she still helps in a big way.

Lorraine, 12, started attending Habitat fundraising meetings with her mother, Felicia Hollingshead, and soon had a fundraising idea of her own.

Lorraine said she is shy, so it took her a while to suggest what she had in mind.

But soon, the Greencastle girl had recruited 30 volunteers to work at a car wash at Valley Mall in Halfway on Sept. 9, 2006.

She raised almost $600 with the car wash, which is now slated to be an annual Habitat event.

Lorraine's car wash was only the beginning.

In the fall, she organized a fund drive at her school.

During an assembly on Making A Difference Day, Lorraine explained to her schoolmates at Greencastle-Antrim Middle School that helping with the car wash "made a difference in my life and my friends by helping other people," she said.


Lorraine distributed donation boxes throughout the school and encouraged her classmates to donate by showing them what they have, she said. For example, she would ask students to donate some pennies for every window in their homes, or donate money if they had a television set at home, she said.

"I feel that a lot of people should be helping other people out who don't have as much as wealthier people do," Lorraine said.

Students at the school donated $172 to Habitat.

In February, Lorraine and three of her friends participated in a Walk for Warmth. They sought sponsors to pledge donations if the girls walked five miles. The walk was held Feb. 5, and the girls raised $338, Lorraine said.

The Women Build project kicks off on Mother's Day weekend this year and while Lorraine can't work on-site - one must be 14 to do that - she wants to help however she can.

"It makes you feel good inside when you help another person out," Lorraine said.


Name: Lorraine Armstrong

Hometown: Greencastle, Pa.

Occupation: Student

What was your proudest moment?: She said it was announcing to the Habitat for Humanity fundraising committee that she had raised more than $300 by participating in a Walk for Warmth. Habitat's Women Build director, Pam Meredith, was pleased. "She was jumping up and down and screaming," Lorraine said.

Whom do you most admire, and why?: She said she admires Habitat's Women Build director Pam Meredith. "She always keeps me going," Lorraine said.

What is the best piece of advice you ever received and who gave it to you?: Lorraine said she was disappointed when a fundraiser at her school raised only $172. Her friend, Hannah Mooers, said "We're going to keep going no matter what. I'm going to raise tons of money for you."

What is the next goal you would like to achieve?: She said she wants to learn how to pitch for her softball team, the Royals.

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