AN eight-year-old girl has done wonders in making sure people have what food they need in these times of crisis.Lexi Marie Shaw, of Denton, whipped up a fund of £140 by selling ‘Stay Safe’ keyrings for £1 each.
But there was never a thought of keeping the money and spending the profits – she had it converted into vouchers and donated them to the Sandwich Angels charity.
And she and mum Tanya went out and bought enough supplies to feed 40 families with children.
Christina Howard, of Sandwich Angels, which is based at St Mary’s Church Hall in Newton, Hyde, could not praise Lexi enough and admitted the timing of her donations was crucial.
She said: “We were crying as we sent out 26 emergency food boxes to struggling families in Tameside and our supplies were wiped out.
“In an average week, we send out 160 food boxes from food donations and vouchers.
“We all freely do this for seven days a week – unpaid from the heart – and this little girl has humbled us how much she cares about feeding other children and their families.
“We are very proud of Lexi Marie, who has become a Sandwich Angel.”
And Lexi’s proud mum Tanya, who also saw her daughter receive a medal for services to the community, said: “Lexi saw what Captain Tom Moore was doing and wanted to help people she started out wanting to make £30 selling her stay safe keyring at £1 to family.
“That soon changed as Lexi made £140 and had an order list for 100 more keyrings.
“I am so proud of her. She has always had a caring heart very thoughtful of other people and their feeling.
“We spoke about charities and decided on Sandwich Angels as Sarah Hayes, a mum of a schoolfriend of Lexi’s, is a volunteer.
“Lexi Marie decided to help those in her community.”