Three children raise money for healthcare workers at Raleigh General Hospital

BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – Three children from Raleigh County decided to go above and beyond this week to raise money for healthcare workers at Raleigh General Hospital.

Teresa Dickens, one of the children’s mothers, said they knew that the world isn’t in the best place right now, and wanted to do what they could to help.

“Seeing the news and seeing the influx of COVID in the south and having conversations about that kind of made the boys in our neighborhoods and their little group worry that the same thing could happen here,” Dickens said.

The three kids went door to door in their neighborhood asking for any spare change people could spare. With that change, they planned to buy personal PPE like cloth masks for healthcare workers. Even at a young age, they know the dangers of the pandemic and just wanted to help in whatever way they could come up with. 

“They understood that could definitely happen in our rural area, and they wanted to do something about it.”

The kids say it was a spur of the moment decision. They figured with all their spare time before school starts, they might as well do something to help the community. 

“It was honestly my dad’s idea. We were like, we want to do something, and he said why don’t you start a fundraiser? And then we just came up with donating to the hospital.”

Altogether the kids raised more than $60 for healthcare workers, all by just taking time out of their day and asking their neighbors for help. They’re hoping that $60 will help healthcare workers make it through the pandemic just a little bit more easily.