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9 Year Old Raises Money for Starving Kids in Africa

By Meghan Pinkley
By mpinkley@wbbjtv.com

A 9-year-old boy in McKenzie set up a lemonade stand, hoping to reach his goal of raising $3,000 for starving kids in Africa.

Richard Clay Wilson said he couldn't stop crying, when visitors came to his church and talked about the starving children.

"It touched my heart," said Richard Clay.

Immediately, the 9-year-old said he wanted to have a lemonade stand to help raise money for Project Peanut Butter.

Project Peanut Butter is an organization that mixes peanut butter with other ingredients, to create a therapeutic food supplement for children in Sierra Leone, who are severely malnourished.

"It's for children between 6 months and 5 years, and they eat a few spoonfuls 3 to 5 times a day; and in 6 weeks it brings them out of a severely malnourished state," stated Elyse Bell.

Richard Clay believes Jesus laid it on his heart to help children in Sierra Leone, dying from starvation, by using the money he raised from his lemonade stand.

His mother, Jill Wilson, said he saved all of his Christmas and birthday money too.

It cost $30 to save one child using the peanut butter supplement. Richard Clay said he wanted to save a 100 lives by raising $3,000.

"Young people can do big things," said Richard Clay.
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