NC girl raises $10K to help build homes

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Tatum Rhyne on her 7th birthday with bags she collected for the homeless shelter. (WSOC-TV)

RICHMOND COUNTY, N.C. — A North Carolina girl has raised more than $10,000 to give to Habitat for Humanity to help build homes for the needy.

WSOC-TV reported that Richmond County resident Tatum Rhyne reached the goal she set for her eighth birthday on Saturday.

“I thought helping people would be better than letting them just live somewhere like out there in the middle of the road,” she said.

Rhyne’s mom Jennifer said when her daughter first told her about her birthday goal, she told her daughter to aim for a smaller donation, like $500.

“Tatum said to me ‘OK mom; I don’t come up with this stuff on my own. I’ve talked to Jesus about it, but if you think I can only come up with $500 that’s fine,'” Jennifer said.

Tatum and her mom Jennifer Rhyne started a Facebook page to make fundraising efforts easier.

Jennifer said almost immediately donations came pouring in from people in the community, school and church.

They also hosted a softball tournament to help reach the goal, which brought in $2,650. Rhyne was reportedly able to raise more than $11,000 in just four months.

WSOC-TV reported that all of the money raised will go to Habitat for Humanity of the Sandhills.

This is the third year that Rhyne has donated her birthday gifts to others. At age 5, she donated food to a food drive and at age 6, she collected clothing and shoes to give to a homeless shelter.

The now 8-year-old said she is just glad her birthday wish came true.

“It makes me really happy,” Tatum Rhyne said.

Read more: WSOC-TV

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