12-year-old girls uses birthday to raise 500 cases of water for Hurricane Irma and Maria victims
Nearly a month after powerful Hurricanes Irma and Maria ripped through the island of Puerto Rico, people continue to deal with the effects.
The hurricanes killed 48 and displaced thousands, as major blackouts, flooding, food and clean water shortages and rising health issues continue.
While President Donald Trump has dominated headlines for victim-blaming Puerto Ricans for the devastation, one girl has done the opposite.
12-year-old Dashai Morton from Maryland used her birthday to raise 500 cases of water to help with the clean water shortage.
Dashai is a sixth-grade student at North Forestville Elementary. She decided to take it upon herself to give back during her special day on 10 October.
“She wanted nothing else. Nothing else. No party, no nothing. This is what she wanted,” Tanya Morton, her grandmother, told US reporters.
Dashai spearheaded the “Project Give Back 500” at her school where she met her goal in just two weeks. Donors also collected blankets and non-perishable foods to help ease the suffering of those in need.
“It makes me happy because I can help other people who don’t have what I have,” Dashai said.
However, the drive will not end after she reaches her goal. She will continue to collect water and other goods through the end of the month of October.
Her efforts will also be coordinated with the Red Cross despite the organization’s questionable history.
Carmen, a survivor from Puetro Rico, commented: ‘Dashai Morton You are an angel!!! Puerto Rico loves you and we will never forget you!! xoxoxxo’.