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Beckley girl donates more than $1000 to tornado victims

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A little girl from Beckley - donated more than a thousand dollars to the American Red Cross.

When 9 year-old Emily Perkins heard of the devastation left behind after the Oklahoma tornadoes, she wanted to do something to help.   At first, she wanted to send toys.   After talking to her parents, it was decided that the families may be more in need of food and other necessities right now.   So, Emily went around the neighborhood and offered to do yard work for donations.

Emily made a flyer and when to BCR Office Supplies in Beckley where they made free copies for her and let her put one in her window.   The No Pants Players, a comedic improvisation troupe from St. Albans, learned about Emily's mission and invited her to a benefit show and let her set up a table to receive donations.

In a press release released, Wednesday, Emily's mother, Holly said, "Emily literally has the biggest heart of anyone I have ever known, how many 9 year-olds would do something like this."  

Emily collected $1,211.50.

"If only we could all just step back, take a deep breath, pay attention to the world around us, and take a cue from Emily the world would be a better place."