Three 13-year-old Wood River Middle School students held a baked-goods sale last week in Hailey and raised more than $1,300 for the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, a nonprofit organization that assists the families of wildland firefighters injured or killed while doing their jobs.
“We just needed to do something because they really helped us out, so we decided to help them out,” said Leah Thayer. “It really felt good to do that. They took care of us so we wanted to take care of them.”
“We just asked for donations and people were very generous.”
Leah’s sister, Emily Thayer, said the girls originally planned on making cookies for the firefighters but were discouraged from doing that because there was so much activity at the base camp for firefighters assigned to the Beaver Creek Fire.
“So we decided to make cookies and donate the money to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation,” Emily said.
The girls started their four-and-a-half-day sale, held at Atkinsons’ Market in Hailey, on Sunday, Aug. 18, and wrapped up midday Thursday of last week. They didn’t charge for their items, but simply asked for a donation. By the time they were finished, they had raised $1,370 in donations.
Dakota Hutton said the girls made the baked goods themselves. There were chocolate chip, oatmeal, sugar and peanut butter cookies, as well as brownies and cupcakes.
“We just asked for donations and people were very generous,” Dakota said.
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