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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Honesdale Local Liam Miller Helps Flood Victims

  • The outpouring of human compassion ignited by the flooding seems to have spread once more in Wayne County.


    It is especially touching when an outreach of help comes from a little boy from Honesdale with a big idea and even bigger heart.


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  • The outpouring of human compassion ignited by the flooding seems to have spread once more in Wayne County.
    It is especially touching when an outreach of help comes from a little boy from Honesdale with a big idea and even bigger heart.
    Liam Miller, 4, Honesdale, saw the devastation on television and was curious as to why people were throwing away their items.
    Liam’s original idea came to him after Jamie, Liam’s mother, explained why people who were flooded had to throw away their belongings.
    Once Liam thought about what would happen to his family if they were flooded, he decided to take action.
    “It really hit home for him and he just wanted to help,” Jamie said.
    Liam began taking cards he collects and made raffle tickets.He was ready and willing to raffle them off to raise what money he could for those affected by the flood.
    “It was all his idea,” his proud mom said.
    Liam proudly asks everyone if they would like to donate.
    His mother says, “He always asks anyone who comes over if they would like to donate.”
    He also has a map on his refrigerator of the United States, where the areas hit by the flood are circled.
    “He likes to see who he is helping,” Jamie said.
    Lisa Semler, a pre-school teacher at Central United Methodist Church, said, “Liam came in with the idea that he wanted to collect money for the flood victims.”
    The idea was changed from raffle tickets into a collection jar that sits in the classroom, proudly displayed for all to see.
    Lisa says he will come into school with “his pockets full of money for the jar.”
    Liam is still determined to help in any way he can.
    “He is going through his clothes to give to other little boys that need them,” Jamie said, adding, “I can’t wait to see what he does when he’s older.”
    Liam is still taking donations at the Central United Methodist Church Preschool in Honesdale, located at 205 11th Street. The donation drive will run until the end of October.
    All money donated is given to the Central United Methodist Church to aid in the purchase of food and supplies for those impacted by the flooding.
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