Courtesy Derry News
LONDONDERRY — Five 9-year-old girls learned teamwork and determination cannot only help you meet a goal, but surpass it.
Before school let out for the summer, the Matthew Thornton Elementary fourth-graders — Adrianna Belanger, Rachel Cook, Noor Malik, Megan Packard and Audrey Severn — expressed a desire to help Bella Tucker and her family.
None of them had ever met Bella, but they all empathized with her story. Bella, a South Londonderry School fourth-grader, has been hospitalized since April 5 with a life-threatening illness that resulted in a quadruple amputation.
The girls decided to organize a Bake and Craft Sale for Aug. 29 to benefit Bella. Their goal was $500. All five created crafts throughout the summer. They requested volunteer bakers for the bake sale and the community stepped-up.
They had three tables overflowing with baked goods and crafts to sell. The community was generous in purchasing, with many items selling above the "sticker" price.
Mack's Apples donated all proceeds from the sales of peach shortcake that day to help aid the girls' efforts.
Bella's mother and stepfather, Selena and Pete Roarty, stopped by Mack's Apples to thank the girls for their support. They shared some recent pictures and stories about Bella's progress. Selena Roarty took a picture of the girls and sent it to Bella.
The girls raised $1,072. Digital Prospectors Corp. of Exeter heard about their effort and offered to match what the girls raised. The company presented them with a check for the Bella Tucker Fund, bringing the total to more than $2,100.
For more information, visit bellatucker.org.