Shoes for Christmas

December 13, 2012 Updated Dec 13, 2012 at 7:47 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Jaclyn Asztalos

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December 13, 2012 Updated Dec 13, 2012 at 7:47 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW ) - Devin Meuller is just 15-years-old but she has already done some really great things in her life.

"In 2005, I saw the devastation from Hurricane Katrina. So I started a lemonade stand with my friends and family. We raised $620 dollars," Devin said.

That money was just the start of a project that would help hundreds of kids at Crossroads Springs in Kenya. It is a school for children orphaned because of HIV/AIDS. In the past few years, they have raised money to help build a dormitory at their school and hire new teachers. Now, Devin is at it again.

"This year me and my friends are raising money to buy all 350 kids shoes so they can walk to school and get around faster," Devin said.

Devin's efforts have inspired other to get involved including her younger brother Jeffrey.

"When she first started doing I thought it was really great so I've been doing it ever since then," Jeffrey said.

Donations are being collected through her website at devinsdrive.com. Devin, her brother and her team of friends from Nardin Academy are also sending holiday cards for Kenya to those students. She wants to let them know how much Western New York cares.Her goal is to raise about four thousand dollars.

"We are very privileged compared to those in Africa that don't have the basic necessities. The fact we can give it to them, its really sweet," Nardin Student Christina Talarico said.

Nardin student Nicole Brennan agrees.

"It's inspiring to know that the little things we are doing like making lemonade or cards and getting people involved. It's really affecting these kids in a major way," Brennan said.

Anna Pazik said nothing should ever be taken for granted.

"A lot of kids take things we have for granted. We always need the next big thing but there for them they are just happy even getting well a pair of shoes is the best thing they can get," Pazik said.

Two of these children are pen pales with Devin and her brother. The boys said they are lucky to have found such wonderful friends to not only help them get the necessity but also a new perspective.

"They are just grateful and happy to have a friend in the United States to talk to and see another side of the world," Devin said.