After hearing about a Cumberland County couple who planned to adopt two children from Haiti, 2018 Rogers Scholar Jenna McGaha wanted to do something to help.
McGaha, a graduate of The Center for Rural Development’s Rogers Scholars program and a student at Adair County High School, decided to organize a “Hope for Haiti” T-shirt fundraiser to help raise money to bring the children from Haiti to their new adopted family in South Central Kentucky.
“This project meant a lot to me…because I knew the end result meant bringing two children to the United States and giving them a new home,” said McGaha. “I knew this family would appreciate my project, and I knew my small community would help support them even more.”
McGaha designed the T-shirts, located a print screening company to fill the orders, and organized a record-keeping system to help keep track of sales.
The Rogers Scholars community service project raised $1,200 for John and Lindsey Morgan and impacted 250 people in the community.
“We have been overwhelmed by so much love and support since starting this journey to bring two little boys home from Haiti,” Lindsey Morgan wrote on Facebook. “This sweet girl is the latest to bless us through her T-shirt drive. She has the most loving, giving heart.”
McGaha is the daughter of Kim and Greg Dykes of Columbia.