They asked the girl if she wanted to send money, she said no. She wants to send Precious Moments figurienes.
Wister Teenager Sends Precious Moments Figurines to Newtown
After first hearing the news about a school shooting in Newtown, Conn., a 13-year-old girl from Wister, Okla. began thinking of things she could do for the victims’ families this holiday season. “My dad was watching it on the news and it came on,” Mary Stewart remembers.
Two days later, Mary decided to send Christmas figurines to each family who lost someone in the shooting.
“We talked about raising some money and her immediate response was ‘No, I don’t want to do money. I would like to do some Precious Moments and see if we can get one for each family,’” said Mary’s mom, Kim Stewart.
They called the Precious Moments Chapel in Carthage, MO. and asked if that would be possible. That’s when the Precious Moments Supporting Foundation agreed to help Mary send the gifts.[bold] All together, the figurines ended up costing $945. [/bold] That’s before tax, shipping and handling.
Mary worked with her mother to raise the money needed to ship the ornaments to Newtown by asking their community for help. “It’s really sad because all of this happended,” Mary said. “Then you have to come and get with all of these other people and decide what you want to do for these families who lost all of the children. And it’s just…it’s sad.”
After hearing about Mary’s plan, the local bank in Wister decided to do its own fundraising. They began raising money on their own, in an effort to fly both women out to Newtown to personally deliver the ornaments.
Both Mary and Kim flew out of Fort Smith Regional Airport Sunday afternoon. They’ll make it to Newtown early Monday morning, just in time to personally deliver the figurines to the families before Christmas. “What an amazing gift that we’ve been given to be able to go and actually present however many Precious Moments to the families,” Kim said before boarding the plane.
Kim and Mary are scheduled to be in Newtown first thing Monday morning. There, they will meet with police, who will then escort them around town and introduce them to the victims’ families. Along with the figurines, Mary also handwrote a note for each family to treasure.
Mary and Kim will be flying home Monday evening. That way they can spend Christmas Eve with their family at home in Wister.