Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) students at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi raised $500 to buy a wheelchair that will be donated to a shelter in Veracruz, Mexico. The money was raised one small donation at a time, at a lemonade and coffee table, set up in front of the Mary and Jeff Bell Library on April 16.
The “Drinks for a Change” campaign all began with ECDC first grader, Mar Brenner, who instead of getting toys for her birthday last year, wanted her friends to donate pajamas and stuffed animals to a shelter in Veracruz, Mexico.
“One day, Mar was watching the Disney Channel and she saw a commercial for Disney’s program called ‘Friends for a Change,’” Ivonne Brenner, Mar’s mother said. “And, Mar said she wanted to do something like that.”
“Friends for a Change” is an initiative to encourage young people to do community projects. Disney gives the children grants so they can give back to their community in some way, either through charity work, helping the environment, or doing other good deeds for the community.
This year, Mar and her mom applied for the Youth Service America Grant, under the Disney “Friends for a Change” program, and they won the grant.
“We brought it to the school and it was then that we got all these parents and kids at ECDC from K3 through sixth grade together to organize ‘Drinks for a Change,’” said Brenner.
Through the “Drinks for a Change” campaign, the ECDC students raised funds for the wheelchair that will remain permanently at the shelter in Mexico.
“I wanted the kids in the shelter to be like me, healthy and not sick,” said Mar.Mar says she is proud of her accomplishment and her classmates for helping with this project.