Galveston, Texas — They’re five young friends; five imaginative children. Together they have formed a very unique organization called Five Helping Hearts.
“This is a passion for me because I was given a second chance in life when I survived a blood infection that could have easily taken my life,” Aleya Votaw, age 9, told the Houston Chronicle. “I feel it is now my chance to give the same opportunity by making others smile and give these children a chance to be a child again.”
Aleya and her young companions, Addie LeBouef, Sarah and Paelynne Allen, and Aleya’s little brother Clyde, make up the five hearts in Five Helping Hearts. They may seem small at only 8 and 9 years old but their generosity and entrepreneurial spirit are as big as it gets.
They hail from Galveston, but on March 19 their message of hope and the touch of their kindness will reach across the entire city of Houston to a little girl in Cypress. That Sunday, Five Helping Hands will host a charity event to raise funds for Eden Green, an 11 year old battling a rare and aggressive bone cancer.
While not in remission yet, Eden has been declared cancer-free and her family are very hopeful. She is currently working hard in physical therapy to regain her strength and hopefully resume a happy healthy childhood soon. However, the treatment for any cancer is costly, and Eden needs all the help and encouragement she can get.
Eden’s Craft and Bake Sale
When: Sunday, March 19, 12 PM – 6 PM
Where: VFW Cypress, 21902 Northwest Freeway, Cypress, TX 77429
More Info: Click to Email Five Helping Hearts
“It touches my heart that complete strangers are willing to give so much to help our family and support Eden,” said Shannon Green, Eden’s mother. “They heard about Eden’s story and offered to do this craft fair to help. I feel loved by these sweet kids.”
Five Helping Hands will donate 100% of the event proceeds to help Eden and her family. They’re planning food, a cake walk, bouncy house, face painting, and booths where attendees can shop for crafts and other products. When five kids plan a party, you better believe it’s gonna be fun!
“They heard about Eden’s story and offered to do this craft fair to help. I feel loved by these sweet kids.” ~ Shannon Green, mom of Eden
Believe it or not, this is far from the first charitable event these kids have masterminded. It started a few years back when Aleya first heard the story of how she’d survived a blood infection as an infant. Learning about this experience inspired her to give back and pay her blessings forward to other children battling illness.
One year for her birthday, Aleya asked everyone to get her new shoes; she then donated those shoes to Texas City Child Protective Services to be given to children in crisis situations. On her next birthday, Aleya collected backpacks and filled them with school supplies for children. For her most recent birthday, this amazing little girl threw a fundraiser fashion show for The Ronald McDonald House of Galveston, raising $2,000 for the organization.
“I want little girls and boys to live the rest of their life joyful,” ~ Paelynne, Five Helping Hearts
And the kids fully understand the gravity of what they’re doing. One little girl, Laekyn Etheridge of Pearland, was a beneficiary of a Five Helping Hearts fashion show benefit. Sadly, sweet Laekyn entered into her Father’s arms on Saturday, August 20, 2016, after a difficult battle with leukemia. In her honor, Five Helping Hearts hopes to host another fashion show this autumn, donating the proceeds in her memory.
Five Helping Hearts is working on processing all the paperwork to achieve 501 (c) (3) nonprofit status.
“I hope that we can help more and more children each year. I hope that we can keep doing this for as many years as we need to until there is a cure for childhood cancer.” ~ Aleya, Five Helping Hearts
Aleya’s mom concurs. “My plans is to hopefully grow the organization and pass it down from generation to generation,” she told The Houston Chronicle. “My goal is to be able to help as many kids in the Houston and surrounding communities, as many as we can and as often as we can. I would love to have more events for kids to help them and take the financial stress off of the parents shoulders. Parents should utilize the time with their child and spend precious moments with them making memories. If we can take a small amount of that financial burden off their shoulders, then we did our job.”