Now Shyanne, a familiar waitress to anyone who has visited South Road BBQ, is again standing alongside adults to lend her help, this time to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
“When I looked at the news … I wanted to do it,” Shyanne said. “It felt bad to me.”
Shyanne envisioned a clothes and toys drive to raise donations for children who have lost everything.
“It feels to me like they don’t have nothing — not even a quarter,” said Shyanne, holding a cola with two hands as she sat at a picnic table at her family’s BBQ restaurant.
Her grandmother, Betty Perry, got permission from the schools to put up flyers requesting that donations be brought to their restaurant. Shyanne, along with her cousins Jessy and Stuart Harrell, is challenging her peers to imagine having lost everything.
“They can’t even take a bath,” Shyanne said.
Betty said her seven-year-old granddaughter, whose parents are divorced, “has had a rough way to go.”
“She knows what it is to hurt,” she said. “She feels for people.”
They were under the impression that if they collected enough used toys and clothing, one of the several charitable relief organizations would pick up their donation.
Shyanne for one was looking forward to cleaning out many of the toys in her closet.
“I guarantee you, I’ve not played with them in two months,” she said.
Betty was dismayed to learn, however, that not only are the major relief organizations not picking up large donations, they’re not accepting used donations — period.
“I’ve been so mad I could die,” Betty said. “These kids are trying to help some sort of way and they can’t.”
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