She's a small girl with a big heart. Casey Epps, a fourth grader at Norris Elementary School, has started a donation drive to help victims of hurricane Katrina.
"I guess you could say my heart told me to do it," Casey said.
Casey Epps poses in front a mural at Norris Elementary School.
Casey was worried when she learned that 18 of her mother's coworkers in New Orleans were unaccounted for after the hurricane. Casey said her mother, Sherri Epps, works at Owens & Minor, Inc., and is friends with some of the people who work at the company's office in New Orleans and Jackson, Miss. Mrs. Epps said that the company has since reported the 18 "accounted for", but they don't know the status of their condition, or where they are living.
Mrs. Epps said this is not the first time Casey, 9, has acted on a burden to assist those in need. For the Relay For Life, Casey created bookmarks on her computer and sold them to members of the Parent Teacher Organization at her school.
For the hurricane victims, Casey said she is taking "any kind of supply and money." She and her mother will deliver the donations to the Red Cross Foundation in two weeks. Last weekend, Casey sold lemonade and earned eight dollars for her "benefit." She told her classmates to collect donations from people they know, and received $18 from them Monday.
"If you do this, just think of all the lives you are saving," Casey said.
To make a donation, call Casey at 597-8454.