A seven-year-old girl named Abrielle Mundahl recently came up with an idea to raise money for first responders in West, Texas.
Initially, her goal was to raise $100, but she eventually blew past that goal and raised $1,787, Fox 44 reported on Wednesday. “It started out as a two week project to me. We were just going to sell waters and painted rocks, but it got bigger,” Abrielle said.
She wanted to do something significant for the first responders to show them how much the community appreciates them. In response to her kind gesture, the police department gave Abrielle a challenge coin, an honor no seven-year-old had ever received in West.
“I felt like I just accomplished something that I didn’t know I was going to accomplish, and it was unexpected,” she commented.
According to Police Chief Darryl Barton, West is a small town, but its residents have huge hearts.
“The one thing about West is if somebody needs help, there’s going to be an organization or a group of people that are going to come together and see what they can do to help with it,” Barton explained.
In a social media post on Friday, the City of West Police Department shared photos of Abrielle with officials at the check presentation:
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“Money donated to the West Police Department will go towards our Community Policing efforts,” it continued.
At the fire department’s meeting on Tuesday, Fire Department Chief Emmanuel Mitchell recognized the little girl for her efforts.
Chris got a call yesterday from the fire chief asking if we could have Abrielle at the department today at 7. They had something for her. How sweet of them to all thank her for her donation!!
“It warms your heart anytime a young person in our community steps up to the plate like that. Just makes you feel so good,” Robert Payne, who is with the West Fire Department, said.
As the holidays approach, Abrielle wants to keep sharing joy with her community.