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March 17. 2013 3:06AM
By Elizabeth Baumeister

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Local children and teens raised about $300 for a New Jersey family facing breast cancer during a fundraiser, Kids Caring for Chrissy, Jan. 19 at Duffy's Coffee House, Clarks Summit.

Jill Ray, of Newton, said her friend Chrissy Charles lives in New Jersey with her husband Eric and their eight-and-a-half-month-old twins Declan and Liam. She currently faces intense treatments for breast cancer and although the family has insurance, it doesn't cover everything.

Ray said she decided to organize a fundraiser for the family and use it as an opportunity to teach her nieces and their friends about helping others.

My intent was to help the kids learn to give, she said, and they learned it. That's the best part.

The children spent time at Duffy's the day the event before making various crafts to sell for the fundraiser, including paintings, crayon art, hand -painted mason jar candle holders, hope stones, pins, key chains and jewelry.

Halle O' Neil, 13, said her favorite thing about helping with the project was getting to see how much money we made to support Chrissy. She said she has participated in other fundraisers in the past and enjoys it.

It feels good to give instead of get, she said.

Phoebe Sebring, 13, agreed, It feels good to help them.

She said her favorite part was making all the jewelry.

Arla Davis, 11, said it was great to see how many people are kind enough to donate.

According to Ray, even before the fundraiser began, when the girls were at Duffy's making the crafts, one woman came over to their table and donated $20.

Although the fundraiser ended that afternoon, another opportunity to purchase the handmade items and support the Charles family is in sight. Ray said the items will again be up for sale at Duffy's during the upcoming Clarks Summit Festival of Ice Feb. 14 through 18.

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