Talk about entrepreneurial spirit! When Trinity Liaw, a 7th grader at Houston’s St. Anne’s School, saw neighbors struggling with flooded homes during the 2015 storms, she was determined to do something about it. What started as a small bake sale worked its way to events, sponsors and speeches that raised $4,000!

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American Red Cross major gifts officer Jo Babic with a very proud Trinity Liaw

“First I made brownies and sold them for $2 each,” said Trinity. “But that didn’t really raise enough money so I decided I should hold a big event.”

Trinity then held a car wash with friends and volunteers, raising a total of $900. Still not satisfied, the 12 year old started giving speeches and requesting donations at meetings around the city. Among her forums were organizations including the Lions Club, Kiwanis Club and Rotary. She also sought support from sponsors like Home Depot, O’Reilly Auto Parts and Texas Citizens Bank.

When Trinity recently gave her hard-earned $4,000 in donations to the American Red Cross of the Texas Gulf Coast, she reflected on why we should all do our best to help those in need. “A lot of people definitely need help, so I think that it is the best thing to help out as much as you can.”