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9-year-old helps raise funds for elementary school pupils

Carrington Beggs likes helping people.

That was evident during a recent event at Queensborough National Bank & Trust in Thomson.

The project was a joint venture of bank employees wanting to raise money to purchase school supplies for those less fortunate.

A total of $350 was raised from a bake sell by bank employees. Another $53 in cash was donated by 9-year-old Carrington, who operated a lemonade stand outside the bank during on the Friday of July Fourth weekend.

The supplies will be donated to students at J.A. Maxwell Elementary School in Thomson.

The donation made by Carrington, a rising fifth grader at R.L. Norris Elementary School in Thomson was half of what she generated operating the lemonade stand.

While bank employees sold their delicious baked goods inside the air conditioned bank, Carrington sweated while selling dozens and dozens of cups of lemonade to bank customers and employees.

"It was a hot day, but it was worth it because I raised a lot of money," said Carrington.

The project was one that touched the hearts of everybody involved, admitted Wanda Jobes, a bank employee.

Carrington said she learned the importance of sharing and giving to others from God and her parents.

"I felt good about giving them the money so they could buy school supplies for those who don't have school supplies," said Carrington, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Keith Beggs, of Thomson.

Carrington, who will celebrate her 10th birthday on Aug. 28 with a swimming pool party, aspires to become a doctor, a pharmacist or a country singer when she grows up.

She regularly attends Thomson First Baptist Church.

Web posted on Thursday, August 12, 2010

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