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9 Yr. Old Meets Businesses, Furnishes Habitat Home


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9 Yr. Old Plays Hooky to Meet With Local Businesses About Her Cause

Gathers Enough Loot in One Day to Furnish Entire Habitiat for Humanity House

Des Moines, IA

Stuffed animals propped up on beds, soft blankets strewn over sofas, and leafy green plants—these are the kinds of things that nine-year old Booneville, Iowa resident Lanna W. originally hoped to add as the final touches to a house that she wanted to help turn into a home for a low-income family she has never met. In a twelve hour a stint, she achieved far more than she expected, rounding up enough goods to furnish a WHOLE house that is being dedicated by Habitat for Humanity on Thursday, May 25.

4th grader Lanna W. is passionate about her cause. "I believe all living things should have homes," she wrote in an essay that evolved into more of a plan on how she can help homeless people and animals.

Last Friday, Lanna put her plan into action. Her mom and dad let her take the day off from school to meet with several Des Moines area businesses to help a single mom and four kids furnish their new home.

Her efforts brought businesses and community members together. Saturday morning she was invited onto a local news show where she reported some of her results, but asked the public for more help. And help they did. A mom whose young son died recently called up saying she had a bunk bed--just what the family needed--in bold Superman colors for two of the boys.

Lanna has been invited to meet the family she is helping and speak at the dedication of their home on May 25th, 2006.

"I hope other kids will see what I did and realize that they have the power to do it, too," Lanna said. "I learned a lot by doing this , and now I know I can do even more."

Lana W. had posted her goal to help the homeless on a website for a non-profit organization called "Randomkid" ( www. Representatives from Randomkid helped Lana actualize her goal to help others by giving her the tools and skills to develop a successful action plan. "There is something magical about a child who wishes to help others," said Anne Ginther, Randomkid's founder. "Our organization nurtures those children to make their own wishes for a better tomorrow come true."

About RandomKid (

RandomKid is a new non-profit organization whose mission is to help kids to help others. Kids can log onto the Randomkid website and post their goals for addressing the needs of others. Randomkid officials then step in to empower these kids to turn their ideas into an action plan. Through skill development and corporate partnering, RandomKid gives them the tools to make the most of their inspirations. Randomkid's by-line? The Power of ANYone.

About Habitat for Humanity (

Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity (GDMHFH) is an ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to the elimination of poverty housing in Polk County. Uniquely providing homeownership for families below 50% of the median income, GDMHFH provides a self-help solution for people otherwise economically denied the opportunity to secure their own home.


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