8-year-old fueling Waldo Canyon Fire donation drive

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CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- What started out as a concession from her mother has transformed into a major contribution to Waldo Canyon Fire evacuees by an 8-year-old girl.

Shayla Levine began begging her mom, Jenny Levine, to let her go door-to-door asking for donations of used clothes about a week ago. Jenny finally gave into her daughter's demands Wednesday.

On Thursday morning, the Levine's awoke to a front door step littered with bagged clothes. By Friday, they had a garage full of everything from clothes to bedding to toys to DVDs.

"And it keeps coming," Jenny said. "Now I just wish I would have let her start earlier. We're so proud of her and her compassion for others."

Shayla said her motivation for giving up a full day -- and now, probably much more -- of her summer vacation was simple.

"I just felt so bad that the fire started and so many people lost their homes," Shayla said. "I really wanted to help. I wish I could help even more people."

Shayla's continued her efforts by getting in touch with Tammy Cratty at the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce. Cratty has now recruited the youngster's help in assisting the Chamber's ongoing donation efforts.

"Kids usually think about other things," Cratty said. "They think about playing outside. Shayla's thinking about helping these families that lost so much."

To help continue Shayla's donation drive, call the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce at 303-688-4597 and tell them Shayla sent you. Donations can also be sent to by mail to: Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce, 420 Jerry St., Castle Rock, CO 80104.

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