9-year-old girl makes nationwide impact, raises money to benefit immigrant families at border

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – 9-year-old Luci Hylen and other members from Edgewood United Church hosted a charity bake sale on Sunday to raise money for a non-profit in Texas called “RAICES.”

The organization offers legal defense services for immigrant and refugee families at a low-cost and because of how expensive it can be to hire an attorney, Hylen says every penny counts as long as it helps those in need.

When Hylen learned about the events happening at the U.S. Mexico border, she says she was devastated and felt…

“Just really defeated, it was really sad. I just couldn’t imagine being separated from my family,” said Hylen.

Hylen says she felt she needed to do something and while brainstorming ideas, she knew a bake sale would be a great way to get people interested.

“We’re going to send that to a charity,” Hylen stated.

And that charity is “RAICES,” a non-profit organization in Texas.

Hylen’s mom, Tali, says she jumped on board as soon as her daughter came up with the idea.

“I was really proud and thought ok what we’re doing is working to show her that small things can make a difference,” said Tali Faris-Hylen.

Faris-Hylen says as a mother, she couldn’t imagine the struggle families are currently facing at the border and knew this bake sale could help.

“I…you feel helpless but it’s like no, there’s something that we can do, we have to do something and fight against this because this isn’t right,” Faris-Hylen stated.

And she says the overwhelming amount of community support has been astounding.

“There are things that we can do in our own community that can make a difference and this was a great way to do it and you get some baked goods in the process,” said East Lansing resident Terah Chambers.

“It just restores your faith in humanity to see people come out of the woodwork to say thank you, to thank the kids, to thank everybody in the community for stepping up,” East Lansing community member Melissa Fore stated.

Hylen says this bake sale has helped raise more than $2,300 and will be taking donations until the middle of this week.

If you’re interested in donating, you can drop off that donation at Edgewood United Church in East Lansing or donate directly to “RAICES.”

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