Kids helping kids impacted by Montecito disaster0
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – A group of local kids is banding together to help children impacted by the Montecito debris flow disaster through the creation of a new grassroots group known as the Montecito Mud Piggies.
The effort spawned in part from the Montecito Mud Angels and local students who personally know families impacted.
“It’s a little hard to be able to fully understand what it’s like for people who have been affected,” said Estela Wilson. “I got a closer glimpse of that because my cousins were affected by it and they lost their home in the disaster of the mudslide. So, they were with us for awhile and that helped me understand how bad the impact was.”
The premise is simple and the children throughout the community are invited to take part: Create a handmade piggy bank and fill it with funds gathered through donations, chores, lemonade stands, you name it.
Erin Doherty, one of the organizers, said that each bank will be given to a child affected by last month’s disaster “quietly and discreetly.”
“We encourage anybody to get involved,” Doherty said. “There are no limitations. You don’t have to go out and buy anything. We really encourage re-using things. You could even head down to the beach and find a bottle that washed up and turn that into a piggy bank.”
Doherty credits her daughter, Chloe, for the inspiration behind the cause.The El Montecito School 4th grader showed NewsChannel 3’s Beth Farnsworth the ginormous, pink piggy bank she made from a five-gallon plastic water bottle.
“People could put spare change or some of their money in here to help raise money for the kids that lost everything,” Chloe said.
Chole revealed that she’s donating $200 dollars from her savings to the Mud Piggies.
A ‘Mingle for the Mud Piggies’ fundraising event is happening Saturday, Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kubisch and Ferris Orthodontics parking lot at 3820 State Street.
“We’re just really happy to be a part of this community and are lucky enough to be seeing a lot of the patients that have been affected by the tragic event,” said Michelle Restivo, an employee at Kubish and Ferris Orthodontics.
Saturday’s family-fun event will include volunteers with Art From Scrap to help kids make their own piggy banks for the cause.
“It’ll be really fun and it’s definitely worth going,” said Lola Grace Sage, a 6th grader at El Montecito School.
“It’s definitely a chance to realize what you can do to help with just donations or in this Mud Piggies event, just coming together and help those kids who’ve been affected,” Estela said.
For more information, visit https://mudangels.org.