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8-year-old's mission: Keep Kosovo warm

Summarized by Vickie Speek

8-year-old's mission: Keep Kosovo warm
Denton TX Record-Chronicle 7Sep99 C8
By Lucinda Breeding: Staff Writer

Lauryn Reid, a fourth grader from Corinth, Texas, has been pulling a tiny wagon and her 4-year-old brother, Daylen, around her neighborhood gathering quilts and blankets to send to Kosovo.

Through a letter-writing campaign that her third grade teacher started last year, Lauryn, the daughter of Randy and Mandy Reid, got to know a soldier who was part of the United Nations peace-keeping forces in Bosnia. Lauryn, 8, said this is her way of trying to make a difference to the people in that war-torn country, even if she'll never see the people who use the blankets she's collected.

The quilts and blankets are Lauryn's way of staying true to her church: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. LDS church officials have asked Mormons worldwide to offer humanitarian aid to Kosovo. She is also trying to win her Gospel In Action Award. Lauryn and Daylen have managed to get about 14 quilts and blankets over the past two weeks--a victory, considering that quilts are probably the farthest thing from most North Texans' minds as they make their way through yet another triple-digit summer.

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