Reporting Jason Allen
ALVARADO (CBSDFW.COM) – A 13-year-old Alvarado girl has dedicated herself to helping families with sick kids, one bottle of laundry detergent, shampoo and toothbrush at a time.
Zoe Fikes is collecting items for Ronald McDonald House Charities, a place that offered her own family a home this summer. What started with spending her own allowance money, has grown into a social media fueled drive with an estimate 2,000 items donated and counting.
“I wanted to help people, cause they helped my parents,” she said.
Fike’s three-year-old brother Caleb had surgery in July to relieve a brain malformation that affected his balance, speech and body control. Her parents stayed at a Ronald McDonald House in Houston during the surgery, where Zoe later learned all the items there were donated. Her mother Amber Adams said she was just struck by it.
“She told me she’s not going to stop, until every single family at the Ronald McDonald House has enough stuff, to go a week,” Adams said.
The family will finish with a donation drive Sunday, September 8 at Creekwood Church in Mansfield.
Watching Caleb’s drastic improvement this summer, he’s walking and talking now, have only encouraged Zoe to do more beyond this first drive.
“I think it gave her motivation,” Adams said. “It definitely gave her determination. And I told her the smallest ideas can have the biggest impact on people.”
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