AUSTINTOWN Girl's bake sale raises money for relief fund
BriAnne raised $110 at a bake sale to help the families of firefighters killed as a result of the Sept. 11 attacks.
By IAN HILL
VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER
AUSTINTOWN -- BriAnne Bohr wasn't sure how to react when tears welled up in the eyes of the Austintown firefighters. So she simply smiled.
BriAnne, 10, of Artmar Drive, had just given the firefighters $110 that she raised at a bake sale Oct. 20. The money was a donation to the New York Firefighters 9-11 Disaster Relief Fund, which benefits the families of firefighters and medical workers killed as a result of the Sept. 11 attacks.
She gave the donation to the firefighters on Oct. 21.
"It chokes you up. It really does," said Fire Chief Andrew Frost. "She really had it in her heart to help someone."
Recognition: BriAnne will receive a proclamation recognizing her efforts from township trustees at their meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the township building.
"I'm so proud of her," said BriAnne's mom, June Bohr. "She's always been that way. She cares about people and I hope she keeps that quality."
BriAnne said she wasn't looking for recognition; she simply wanted to help. "I felt sorry for the people who lost their family members," she said.
BriAnne said she first learned of the attacks during her fifth-grade language arts class Sept. 11 in Austintown Middle School. The teacher showed the class pictures from the attack sites that were on the Internet.
Later that day, BriAnne and her friends shared their fears about the repercussions of the attacks.
"We were scared that something was going to happen to us and we were going to have to leave the country," she said.
BriAnne said her fears were eased when President George W. Bush spoke to the country on television that night.
"It made me feel comfort and proud," she said.
Idea: A few weeks later, BriAnne came home from school and told her mother she wanted to do something to help the families of those killed. Her mother suggested the bake sale.
Soon, BriAnne's cousins, aunts and grandparents had agreed to help with baking, and the sale was set for noon until 5:30 p.m. Oct. 20 inside Wedgewood Pizza on South Raccoon Road.
On the day of the sale, BriAnne and her cousin stood outside the pizza shop with signs asking patrons to buy baked goods.
Other family members sold 25-cent cookies and $4 pies and pans of brownies from a table inside the restaurant.
"We weren't giving a lot of change back, either. People were donating their change," Mrs. Bohr said.
All the baked goods were sold by 5:30 p.m. The next day, she gave the money to the firefighters.
"They kind of started to cry and said thank you," BriAnne said.