Teacher Uses Unique Fundraising to Help Girl in Need of Heart Transplant

By: Morgan Moore

Updated: March 18, 2013

It’s not a typical fundraising method, but you can’t argue with the results.

When Jodi Southard found out that one her students had a sibling in need of heart transplant, she knew she had to help.

So she turned to what she knew best: teaching.

“I just knew that when she was at Riley that I wanted to be able to do something,” said Jodi.  “This is kind of my way of being able to help her and help her family.”

The first grade teacher at Deming Elementary in Terre Haute has been using the “Teachers Pay Teachers” website for years, selling lesson plans and sharing resources.

So Jodi took to the site to raise money for Katelyn Newell, an eight year old who’s awaiting a new heart…with medical bills piling up by the day.

“My brother-in-law received a heart transplant a year ago, so seeing what they went through and knowing the financial burden that they were in when all that happened… I knew that Katelyn’s family would be in the same situation. It’s even worse when it’s a child,” said Jodi.

And the response was overwhelming.

In all Jodi raised over $10,000 to donate to Katelyn’s family.

“Every night I was sorting through hundreds of emails and sending out files and spending all my time doing that,” she recalls.

Using the tools she has as a teacher to make a big impact.

“So practical because so many people are online and it’s very easy to donate through PayPal,” said Jodi. “It’s just kind of a different resource for people. Moving forward in technology this is just another way to look at fundraising.”

Even though Jodi’s fundraiser is over, you can still donate to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association in Katelyn’s name.

Click here for details. 

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