PARKERSBURG - When 8-year-old Mikayla Satow saw news of the destruction in Moore, Okla., she knew she had to help.
Last month, tornadoes destroyed a 17-mile swath of the Oklahoma town, leaving 24 dead and entire neighborhoods obliterated, including a school. The American Red Cross and other charities have been working to aid those affected by the storms and to help the area rebuild.
Mikayla "watched this on the news with her dad for two or three days, and she kept saying, 'What can I do to help?' " said her mother, Miki Satow. "I just didn't know what to tell her."
Photo by Michael Erb
Eight-year-old Mikayla Satow speaks Wednesday with Sharon Callow, executive director of the Mid-Ohio Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross. Satow sought donations for disaster relief in Moore, Okla., and on Wednesday donated $1,505 to help with rebuilding efforts in the tornado-ravaged town.
Her mother and father helped her travel around the community to find those who were willing to donate to help the people of Moore, but said it was Mikayla Satow who made the effort to ask for those donations.
"I went to some of my neighbors and asked if they would donate. I told some businesses what I was doing," Mikayla Satow said. "Now I have a lot of money to donate to Moore, Okla."
In about three weeks, the Blennerhassett Elementary School student had gathered more than $1,505 in pledges, which she gave Wednesday to the Mid-Ohio Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Sharon Kesselring, financial development director for the Mid-Ohio Valley Red Cross, said it is inspiring to see someone so young work so hard to help others.
"The tornadoes in Moore seem to have touched children especially," Kesselring said. "What she's done is amazing."
Miki Satow said it has been emotional to watch her young daughter's efforts.
"I'm so proud of her," Miki Satow said. "I just want to say to everyone who donated thank you so much for helping her to know she could make a difference."