You only get one golden birthday. So Hamblen second grader Camryn Crawford had been super excited about turning 8 on May 8. When the family’s original party plans got derailed by COVID quarantining, Camryn’s mom Marnie came up with an exciting idea.
“Camryn has always wanted to do a canned food drive and has been asking the past few months to organize one,” Marnie said. “I decided, why not have the best of both worlds and surprise her with a birthday parade and food drive?
Then she could see her friends and feel their support for a cause that she has been dying to do. “
The goal was simple: just to make some kind of positive impact, big or small.
“We hoped to show Camryn that there is always a way to shine the light,” Marnie said.
Support came from friends, family, neighbors, and even the Ferris cheerleaders. Many brought food donations for Second Harvest Food Bank, but people also donated enough money for 500 meals.
“This is certainly a time where we can help each other,” Marnie said. “It is amazing to see the excitement and joy that has been brought to Camryn, our family, friends, and those that need it!”