When 15-year-old Chicago high school student Kaley Shannon heard about the 7.0 earthquake that ripped through the Haitian capital Jan. 12, she knew she wanted to help students affected by the earthquake.
"When I saw that not just homes but also schools had fallen to the ground, I had to do something," Kaley said.
"If there's no schools, people won't have opportunities to recover."
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Kaley worked with her father Dan to start an organization called Students Hearts For Haiti to collect donations for education programs organized through Free The Children International.
To get her project started, Kaley baked over 2,000 cookies, which she sold at office buildings and metro stations. In just one day, she raised over $3,000 selling cookies.
Kaley and her father didn't stop there. Next, they set up a website to collect donations and sell T-shirts bearing the "Hearts for Haiti" logo. After securing matching donations from the Moyer Foundation and the Woodland Public Charity, the father and daughter team hope to reach a goal of $90,000. According the Chicago Sun-Times, they're close to their goal, having already collected $80,000.