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From Lubbock with Love: Children Help Families Keep Standing in Harvey's Wake | Upbring

Kennedy Franklin and Jeye Johnson found a creative way to help hurricane victims by hosting a bake sale benefiting Upbring Disaster Response. 1

Kennedy Franklin (seated) and Jeye Johnson hosted two bake sales to help families impacted by Hurricane Harvey recover and rebuild. The bake sales were a creative way to help hurricane victims, as well as a blessing to so many families who need our help.

Hundreds of families Upbring serves will spend years putting their lives back together in Hurricane Harvey’s wake. They are not alone on their long road to recovery, thanks to friends like 11-year-old Kennedy Franklin and Jeye Johnson of Lubbock.

“As I watched the news, I was sad about people’s homes and cars being destroyed,” Kennedy said . “I knew I wanted to do something to help.”

So Kennedy – daughter of Upbring board member Wood Franklin – and Jeye cooked up a plan to sell cupcakes and cookies from the Franklins’ driveway.

“They stayed up all night baking and wrapping,” Wood said proudly. “This was 100 percent the idea of two young girls who have amazing hearts and a drive to change the world.”

Kennedy and Jeye raised $150 that day. They were so excited that they wanted to do more.

With support from administrators at their school, All Saints Episcopal, the pair hosted a second bake sale for classmates and their families. Again, they were amazed at the outpouring of community support.

“Our friends wanted to help run the bake sale, and we couldn’t believe how many people stood in line to buy stuff,” Jeye said.

So many that Kennedy and Jeye sold out of sweets in one hour and raised more than $500. With a generous contribution from Wood and his wife Missy, Upbring Disaster Response received a $1,000 gift to help families recover and rebuild.

Dr. Kurt Senske, Upbring CEO, said Missy, Wood and his parents, Larry and Mary Lee, have built a generational commitment to serving others.

“Now Kennedy is carrying that commitment forward,” Kurt said. “I’m honored to count her and Jeye, as well as the entire All Saints community, among Upbring’s Supporters on the South Plains.”

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