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Springfield kids raise $1,000 for Mercy House

Friends Kailey Cota, Mari Hudson, Sarah Williams, Olivia Kuebler and Kylie Levosky, all Fort Mill Middle School students and residents of Springfield, along with their friend Ryan Williams, helped raise more than $1,000 with an annual bake sale for an orphanage.
Friends Kailey Cota, Mari Hudson, Sarah Williams, Olivia Kuebler and Kylie Levosky, all Fort Mill Middle School students and residents of Springfield, along with their friend Ryan Williams, helped raise more than $1,000 with an annual bake sale for an orphanage. LORI MACLEOD WILLIAMS

Fort Mill Middle School eighth-graders who live in the Springfield neighborhood raised more than $1,000 to donate to an overseas charity that takes care of orphans.

It’s not the first time Mari Hudson, Sarah Williams, Kailey Cota, Olivia Kuebler and Kylie Levosky have raised money for the cause. A bake sale to benefit Mercy House of the Philippines has become an annual event. Mercy House is a nonprofit, nongovernment organization designed to provide shelter and care to orphaned children. The organization is raising money to expand the number of rooms it has to serve special needs children.

Each year since 2012, the girls’ neighbors and friends contribute. Ryan Williams helped sell items door-to-door, pulling basked goods on his wagon. Others provided home-baked goods for the girls to sell, along with Krispy Kreme donuts, coffee, juice and milk. Caramels and caramel sauces from Stirred by Hand have become a staple for the bake sale.

The girls said they surpassed their $1,000 goal by raising $1,046.

Lori MacLeod Williams

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