South MS children prove they're not too little to help

By Danielle Thomas – bio | email

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - A Bay St. Louis church is hoping a childhood lesson on compassion will last a life time for its smallest members. Main Street United Methodist Church put together personal hygiene kits to help the people of Haiti. The biggest help came from littlest members of the congregation.

The children ranged from pre-schoolers to sixth graders. They were South Mississippi children reaching out to children they've never met.

Seven-year-old Mallory Pitcairn said, "I've been gathering stuff for Haiti because of the earthquake they had."

Soap, nail clippers, combs and more all went into zip lock bags in an assembly line style. Each child at Main Street United Methodist had his or her own special job assignment.

"I gave out the nail clippers, towels and I helped with the band-aids," said Daniel Eberhart. "A little bit, because you get confused on what is wash cloth and what is towel."

With some guidance from the moms and dads these little helpers put together a whopping 137 personal hygiene kits all headed to Haiti.

Rev. Heather Hensarling said, "Whenever there is a disaster, there are a lot of ways that people get involved with actually going to the country or giving money. Kids don't have those kinds of options. But they can do the hands on thing. This was something manageable for them that they can get excited about."

"The message that we want to convey to them is that the world is bigger than Bay St. Louis," said Hensarling. "Just as a lot of these kids were on the receiving end of a lot of care after Katrina, they have an opportunity now to give back."

The kids say they have proved that little hands can still make a big difference.

Marion Pohl said, "Usually when it's like a big problem, kids can't help. Grown-ups say it's too dangerous or stuff like that and it's a good thing that kids can help packing stuff for Haiti. It feels good to help somebody or something."

Church officials say the packages should be shipped in the next week to ten days. The children also collected $50 for the children of Haiti by selling handmade cards.

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