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10-year-old philanthropist helps kids get school supplies

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Posted at 4:07 PM, Jul 13, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-13 18:07:44-04

OGDEN, Utah – A young Utah girl hosted a bake sale and lemonade stand Saturday to raise money for children in need.

Armani McFarland, 10, will be starting 5th grade in the fall, and she hosted the event to raise money to buy backpacks and school supplies for kids in need. The sale was Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 40th Street Park in Ogden.

Armani said her goal was to raise enough money for 300 backpacks filled with school supplies. She said volunteering makes her happy.

“The kids, when they get the backpacks they put them on their back, and they dance around and it's like Christmas morning to them, and it just makes me smile,” she said.

Armani said all of the proceeds from the lemonade stand and bake sale will go toward the Catholic Community Services of Utah’s Backpack to School Bonanza. There was also a raffle with prizes as part of the fundraising effort.

According to a press release from Catholic Community Services, donations will be distributed to low-income and homeless families at various locations on August 10.