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Photo of State Honoree Chaina Nafziger

Chaina Nafziger

Archbold, Ohio

Chaina Nafziger, 12, of Archbold, Ohio, a sixth-grader at Archbold Middle School, organized a bake sale with a friend at her church and raised $1,400 for two charities that assist orphans in Haiti. Chaina lived in an orphanage in Haiti from the age of 6 until she was adopted by a family in Ohio. “I know what it is like to live in an orphanage and to not have enough food to eat every day,” she said. So when a man came to her church to speak about Haiti, Chaina was reminded of her life there and the children she had left behind. “My friend and I felt so badly for the children that we wanted to do something to help,” she said.

Chaina and her friend proposed having a bake sale during a women’s conference at their church to raise funds for Haitian orphans. First, they met with their mothers to plan the event, and then sent emails to women in their congregation asking them to bake cookies and other treats for the sale. Nineteen agreed. Chaina and her friend delegated baking assignments, made promotional signs, and arrived at the church after school on a Friday to set up the sale. Over two days, they collected $1,400 for a ministry that provides a home and education for 24 orphans in Haiti, and for another charity that helps find food, homes and school money for Haitian teens who age out of the orphanage where Chaina used to live. “Most people think that helping people in poor countries is only for adults,” said Chaina, “but they’re wrong. Children can help, too.”