BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - It's almost the time of year when kids start making their Christmas list; but for a pair of Bakersfield sisters they’re making a list for kids in need this season.
It's clear to see the love sisters 11-year-old Heaven and 7-year-old Trinity Overton have for one another. But this Christmas they want to spread their love to other kids. The girls are holding their second annual Christmas Bears and Blankets Drive. They will be collecting bear and blanket sets for kids at the homeless shelter and the Alliance Against Family Violence & Sexual Assault.
"Every kid needs something to cuddle with at night," said Heaven.
The idea came from a television news segment the girls saw last Thanksgiving of a food drive, said their mother Amber Jones.
“It brought a whole bunch of questions like, 'kids are homeless too?" said Jones.
"I felt bad they had to stay there and they didn't have any presents to open on Christmas," said Trinity.
But it wasn't until Jones said Trinity told her, "It hurts my heart mommy," that she knew she had to help the girls do something to help the kids.
After throwing around several ideas, the girls decided on the Christmas Bears and Blankets Drive.
With very little time, they did what they could to organize their first drive at Camelot Park. Not wanting to let the girls down, Jones said she funded most of the drive out of her pocket.
"It was pretty good, we didn't meet our goal but we almost got there," said Heaven.
This year the girls have a goal of 150 bear and blanket sets, and to raise enough money to buy gift bags so each set can be wrapped.
To help get the word out the girls have started the "Christmas Bears and Blankets" Facebook page. They are also holding their first fundraiser this Saturday Oct. 26.
"I'm so proud that they've taken on much more than the average 11 and 7 year old will do, and they're handling it awesomely," said Jones. They're really making a mark not just for themselves but the impact that they're having on children that they don't even know."
Heaven said if she ever gets to meet one of these kids, she'd like to give them a little encouragement.
"I would say I'm sorry about what's happening, but I hope that our drive would make you feel better," said Heaven.
Heaven and Trinity are holding the Christmas Bears and Blankets Spooky Bake Sale and Fundraiser and Raffle this Saturday Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Eva's Boutique located at 5009 Stockdale Hwy. All of the money raised will go toward the bear and blanket drive held December 21 and 22 at Camelot Park.