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There aren’t many jobs a 13-year-old can do legally, but Hannah found one she didn’t mind. Over the next two summers, she worked at her extended family’s strawberry farm in Monticello, picking berries, helping customers and staffing the checkout area.
“I would always think, if I would have a tough day at the strawberry farm, I can sacrifice a little bit of my money for people who don’t even have basic necessities like water,” she said.
The project continues to affect the family’s outlook. Now, they compare the costs of certain items they want to how much it costs to build a well, said Mary Enck, her mother.
For instance, Hannah realized that three years of having a smartphone would add up to $3,000 and decided she didn’t really need one, Mary Enck said.
While Hannah will continue to support Hands of Freedom, she said she probably won’t do another big project until she’s saved more money for college.
Hannah, who also plays golf, swims and is on the leadership team at high school, said that when she received the photo of the women by the well, she knew her efforts had paid off. She “could really see their lives changing for the better,” she said.
She has some advice for others who want to do a charitable project: “Choose an organization that you really believe in and want to support, and do something you enjoy to earn the money.”
Erin Adler • 952-746-3283