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12-year-old Lawrence girl raises money to help kids in need buy Halloween costumes

October 22, 2010

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Twelve-year-old Elizabeth Patton, pictured outside her Lawrence home, recently delivered $200 of donations she gathered to Douglas County CASA so portions of the money could be distributed to local kids who can't afford Halloween costumes. Patton spent the last two months gathering money by selling baked goods and babysitting.

Twelve-year-old Elizabeth Patton, pictured outside her Lawrence home, recently delivered $200 of donations she gathered to Douglas County CASA so portions of the money could be distributed to local kids who can't afford Halloween costumes. Patton spent the last two months gathering money by selling baked goods and babysitting.

Over the years, 12-year-old Elizabeth Patton has dressed up as a butterfly, a piece of candy corn, Sarah Palin and a ghost for Halloween.

But this year, instead of planning what she will wear, she has spent the past few months raising money for others to buy costumes.

Since August, the Southwest Junior High seventh-grader has pulled together $200 through baby-sitting and holding bake sales. That money will help 16 children in the Douglas County Court Appointed Special Advocates program buy Halloween costumes.

The idea came to Elizabeth after she was instructed to find a need in the community and help for her seventh-grade confirmation class at Corpus Christi Catholic Church.

She knew she wanted to do something to benefit CASA, which helps children who are in the court system because of abuse or neglect at home.

“I was with my sister in her bedroom looking at a Halloween costume magazine when I thought about doing costumes for kids at CASA that might not be able to purchase them,” Elizabeth said.

It’s a thought that never occurred to the adults, Douglas County CASA executive director Diana Frederick said.

“Leave it to a kid to think of what is important to another kid,” Frederick said.

After Frederick told her volunteers money was available to help with Halloween costumes, the phones lit up.

Even before Marcus Merritt knew about Elizabeth’s contribution, he approached CASA to see if any funds were available to help purchase costumes for two children he mentors. This week, the family will shop for cheerleader and professional wrestler costumes.

“Elizabeth made that possible,” Merritt said.

Sue Richardson will meet this weekend to help pick out costumes for three children she mentors. The children, ages 9 to 14, live with a foster family and have missed some childhood experiences.

“They just delight in the normal things that kids have done. I’m just thrilled to death to be a part of that for them,” Richardson said.

Comments

mom_of_three 3 years, 5 months ago

Wonder if they thought about having people donate used halloween costume, kind of like the prom dresses. Most kids can only wear them once, unless they hand me down to a sibling, and once your kids outgrow them, maybe someone else could use them.

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anneht 3 years, 5 months ago

While I certainly applaud Elizabeth's motives, and effort, I keep comparing in my mind the difference between buying cheap costumes and essential groceries or utilities., as far as the recipients are concerned.... which would be more important to me if I couldn't put food on the table for my children???

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InspectorJo 3 years, 5 months ago

Excellent work Elizabeth. Maybe others will follow in your footsteps. We need more people like you in our community/world. Thank you. You should be very proud of your accomplishments, may you excel in your beautiful life. Way to lead the way..... :)

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bkreed1960 3 years, 5 months ago

Way to go, Elizabeth. You are a very caring individual and you will go far in your life! You have made a difference in others' lives.

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SoccerGenius 3 years, 5 months ago

Awesome job Lizzy, way to go!!! TinaChris

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Downtoearth 3 years, 5 months ago

You go Elizabeth!! And you go 007!! Happy Halloween!!

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edjayhawk 3 years, 5 months ago

I think there is still hope for this country when today's kids become tomorrow's leaders.

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hedgehog007 3 years, 5 months ago

Good job, Elizabeth. I'm so proud of you for picking something that is so important to little kids, but that is overlooked by the various social services in Lawrence. Costumes are expensive, and all little kids want a "cool" costume for Halloween. Ignore anyone who tells you differently, including any of these posters. Some people always find something to complain about. You did a great thing. Mrs. B

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Monica Miller 3 years, 5 months ago

My kids were 2 that benefitted from this wonderful gift! Thank you so much, Elizabeth!!

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buffalobill 3 years, 5 months ago

Oh good instead of food or school supplies they'll be purchasing more plastic made in China???

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Nikki May 3 years, 5 months ago

That's pretty awesome. Good work.

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livinginlawrence 3 years, 5 months ago

good for her, and great for all the children who will benefit from her generosity.

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