Aspen kids join together to help victims of storm

Jeanne McGovern
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO, Colorado

ASPEN – Three Aspen Country Day seventh-graders are hoping that a few hours of hard work will translate into a huge amount of help for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

“All of us have been in that area many times, and we thought it would be a good idea to try and help out,” said Molly Scharlin Ben-Hamoo, who along with her sister Sara and friend Kimberleigh Nunes, have organized a donation drive Saturday at Red Mountain Grill at the Aspen Golf Course.

“We’re hoping people will bring clothes and diapers and formula and blankets,” Sara said. “We hope a lot of people will come help out.”

The girls – along with their family and friends – will be stationed at the restaurant from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. They will be serving hot dogs and hamburgers and hope to make it a community event.

“I think it will be fun,” Molly said. “It will feel like we all doing something good.”

Sister Sara agreed: “It’s going to feel really good to know I did something to help other people.”

The girls’ mother, Peggy Scharlin, said helping others is the impetus for Saturday’s donation drive. She said the family has no strong ties to the East Coast, but seeing news of Superstorm Sandy and the destruction it caused led the girls to take action.

“I am proud of them for thinking about how much we have and this wonderful place we live and then to think about those who are not so fortunate right now,” Scharlin said, adding that the girls did a similar drive, with great success, for victims of Hurricane Katrina. “They are really excited about being able to do something to help.”