Dashai Morton’s 12th birthday was on October 10, and while most kids her age might want to celebrate with, say, a Stranger Things-themed bash (journey to The Upside Down anyone?), all she wanted to do for her special day was give back to Hurricane Irma and Maria victims in Puerto Rico.
Morton, a sixth grade student at North Forestville Elementary in Maryland, treated herself by collecting 500 cases of bottled water to help address the clean water shortage currently plaguing the ravaged island. The effort was a part of “Project Give Back 500,” a campaign she initiated at her school. She also collected blankets and nonperishable foods.
“It makes me happy because I can help other people who don’t have,” she told local station WJLA. Tanya Morton, Dashai’s grandmother, said she wanted nothing else. “No party, no nothing. This is what she wanted.”
She’ll also reportedly be coordinating with the Red Cross (we know—but it’s babygirl’s thought that counts) to continue collecting water and other goods throughout the remainder of October.
This Is What Puerto Rico Looks Like After Hurricane Maria
1. Fajardo, PR: A woman pulls a trash can past a destroyed home.1 of 10
2. Fajardo, PR: A coin weighing scale lies between debris from a destroyed bar.2 of 10
3. San Juan, PR: Residents walk past damaged homes following Hurricane Maria.3 of 10
4. San Juan, PR: A thick tree completely raised from the ground.4 of 10
5. San Juan, PR: Cars cross flooded waters on a bridge.5 of 10
6. Fajardo, PR: A damaged sail boat washed ashore following Hurricane Maria.6 of 10
7. San Juan, PR: Residents begin the recovery process after Hurricane Maria damaged their homes.7 of 10
8. San Juan, PR: A neighborhood flooded and devastated by the storm.8 of 10
9. Luquillo, PR: Concrete power line poles lie on a highway.9 of 10
10. San Juan, PR: Flooded streets devastate the island.10 of 10
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