Rylee inspired to help others for Christmas – The Royal Gazette | Bermuda News, Business, Sports, Events, & Community

Log In

Reset Password
BERMUDA | RSS PODCAST

Rylee inspired to help others for Christmas

Six-year-old Rylee Lightbourne turned her front yard bakery to fundraising so that she could help brighten Christmas for another child.

On a Saturday earlier this month, Rylee's snack shop at her Devonshire home held a special sale to family and friends so that she could put a present under the Angel Tree at the Rosa's Cantina restaurant.

Each angel on the tree represents a child in need of a Christmas present, either through the Foster Parents' Association or Big Brothers Big Sisters Bermuda. Rylee and her 12-year-old brother Amias helped their mother, Kendra Lightbourne, to bake the goodies.

“Rylee was just happy that she could help somebody else and make their Christmas special,” Mrs Lightbourne told The Royal Gazette. The family tries to give to the community every Christmas as a way to “help the kids understand there are others who don't have the things that they have”, she said.

Part of Rylee's idea came from hearing about the actress Audrey Hepburn's dedication to the children's agency Unicef.

Inspired to help other children, Rylee sent a birthday present to a child in Haiti with the same birthday as her.

Rylee then decided to contribute to the Angel Tree, and raised $370, which the family used to buy a doll, clothes and books for a Christmas present.

There was $170 left over, which Rylee gave to the Foster Parents' Association to help others.

Lindsay Simmons, president of the association, said the charity was especially gratified when youngsters pitched in.

She added: “It's really nice that even children as young as Rylee want to give back and make sure that other children have something wonderful for Christmas — it's touching.”

Making a difference: Rylee Lightbourne, 6, with her Christmas donation to the Foster Parents' Association (Photograph supplied)

You must be Registered or to post comment or to vote.

Published December 27, 2018 at 8:00 am (Updated December 27, 2018 at 8:01 am)

Rylee inspired to help others for Christmas

What you
Need to
Know
1. For a smooth experience with our commenting system we recommend that you use Internet Explorer 10 or higher, Firefox or Chrome Browsers. Additionally please clear both your browser's cache and cookies - How do I clear my cache and cookies?
2. Please respect the use of this community forum and its users.
3. Any poster that insults, threatens or verbally abuses another member, uses defamatory language, or deliberately disrupts discussions will be banned.
4. Users who violate the Terms of Service or any commenting rules will be banned.
5. Please stay on topic. "Trolling" to incite emotional responses and disrupt conversations will be deleted.
6. To understand further what is and isn't allowed and the actions we may take, please read our Terms of Service
7. To report breaches of the Terms of Service use the flag icon