By Brad Segall
SCHWENKSVILLE, Pa. (CBS) – The Sandusky scandal has prompted a 12-year-old Montgomery County girl to give back to the community and raise money to help victims of physical and sexual abuse.
Kelsey Hirsch of Schwenksville says it was her parents, who are both Penn State grads, who explained to her what happened in State College.
Her first reaction was what can I do to help?
She’s raising money for RAINN, the Rape Abuse Incest National Network, by selling blue and white wristbands that read Hope-Courage-Strength.
“It feels really good to help other people,” Hirsch says, “and I think that it’s going to help people because it’s going to help prevent people from abusing other people.”
She turned the effort into her Bat Mitzvah project with a goal of raising $10,000.
She’s already shattered that amount and is headed to $15,000.
Her father, Charles, says he is proud of his daughter’s efforts.
“Anywhere she goes, she’s looking for a way to help bring out the message.”
The organization uses the money to educate and advocate for new laws to help victims of abuse.