Children raise money for tornado victims at yard sale - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Children raise money for tornado victims at yard sale

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Two children who take part in the yearly neighborhood yard sale decided to change their selling technique after they heard about what the tornados did to folks in Oklahoma.

Griffin and Genevieve Poynter spent their summer Saturday selling goodies as part of the Strathmoor yard sale.

"This is a yearly yard sale and last year they wanted to sell lemonade, so this year came around and we were talking about it when we saw Marc Weinberg's weather report and we saw how it destroyed his brother's home," said Karen Smith, the children's grandmother.

Smith said that is when the children decided the cold hard cash they earned this year would not be going in their pockets.  They said they saw the pictures Marc Weinberg posted during the tornado in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore and wanted to do something about it.

Nine-year-old Genevieve wrote a letter to Weinberg earlier this week and told them of their plans.

"Hi Mr. Weinberg,

My name is Genevieve Poynter.  I am 9 years old.  My brother Griffin (he is 7) and I saw your weather report last week.  You showed the picture of your brother's house in Oklahoma that was destroyed by the tornado.  We are so sorry for them and their friends.  We would like to help them.  Our grandma lives by the circle in Strathmoor Village.  This Saturday, Strathmoor Village will be having their giant Yard Sale.  We were going to sell bottled water and popcorn to earn money for summer toys.  Now we want to give the money to you to send to your brother and his neighbors.  Wish us good luck and good weather."

Their grandmother said they normally watched the news, but they were especially concerned because of a personal connection out West. 

"Two little friends of theirs moved to Oklahoma a week earlier and they were so concerned," said Smith.  Smith said the two, ages nine and seven, were able to understand that many lost everything.  Griffin Poynter drew pictures of all the things he thought a tornado would take away, including pets, toys and cars.

He said those were things that helped to make up his life and "were important to [him.]"

"We were talking about the yard sale and I said whatever you make we will donate to these tornado victims and Mr. Weinberg's family," said Smith.

Genevieve and Griffin spent hours handing out popcorn, tootsie roll pops and water, in exchange for donations.  They say it was simple once they did the math.

"Their houses were destroyed and we just want to help them," said Griffin.

Many of their customers said they wanted to help them pay it forward.

The Poynter siblings said their goal was $50.  The two ended up raising just more than $200.

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