January 31, 2012 |

Lake Stevens High School students share their SOUL for underprivileged, abused children

Lake Stevens High School sophomores Bridgette Sullivan and Angela Stemler have set out on a mission to change the lives of abused and underprivileged children.

Last August Sullivan started the SOUL charity, which stands for supporting others under love. She is now the president and founder of the charity. The goal of the organization is to provide hope, love and support for the many kids who need it.

“I have always had a love for children and helping people and I have wanted to do this for my whole life. It kind of went hand in hand,” Sullivan said.

SOUL has five consistent members, all Lake Stevens High School students, but is gaining popularity among the community with the help of Facebook. The organization is always looking for people that want to get involved and volunteer and membership is open to everyone.

The organization is starting out with helping children in the local area but hopes to one day expand when the resources are available.

“We try to get a hold of local donation centers and find out what they need most, like blankets, food, clothes, etc. Then we fundraise so that we can provide those items,” SOUL Vice President Stemler said.

SOUL held a car wash over the summer and raised over $400 toward their cause.

Their next fundraising event is a family carnival at Allen Creek Community Church in Marysville on Saturday, February 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event will feature games, music, arts and crafts and food. All the proceeds from the fair will go to helping homeless or abused children.

The group is also working with the Cocoon House in Everett to make valentines cards for the teen residents with uplifting sayings and a little present.

To find out more about SOUL or to get involved with their cause you can visit them online at weare4soul.org or on Facebook at facebook.com/supportingothersunderlove.

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