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12-year-old energizes Riley Hospital fundraisers

Hailey Perryman makes her annual walk with friends pulling red wagcollect donations for Riley Children's Hospital her Merrillville neighborhood phofrom

Hailey Perryman makes her annual walk with friends pulling a red wagon to collect donations for Riley Children's Hospital in her Merrillville neighborhood photo from July 9, 2012. | Sun-Times Media file photo

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Updated: August 8, 2013 6:59AM



MERRILLVILLE — Twelve-year-old Hailey Perryman is holding her sixth annual Kool-Aid for Riley, a fundraiser for Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, starting Monday and continuing through Friday.

But instead of having a monetary goal this year, Hailey said her goal is to bring out all different types of people to donate to the hospital, including young children and motorcycle enthusiasts.

To accomplish this, she’s added a bike day and Hello Kitty appearance to her usual lineup of activities.

“(Hailey’s) encouraged to get people of all ages, especially children, to learn the good you can do in the world rather than taking the wrong path in life. She wants everyone to know the feeling she has knowing she has made a difference in the lives of others,” Hailey’s mom, Jennifer Perryman, said.

Hailey has raised about $22,000 in the past five years through a Kool-Aid stand, wagon walk through her neighborhood collecting change, silent auction and mail-in donations.

She surpassed her goal each year.

This year, the fundraiser begins at 11 a.m. Monday with the Change for a Change wagon walk around the Young America neighborhood, north of U.S. 30, off Taft Street. Hailey will be joined by friends and family members in collecting change from residents and passers-by.

At noon they’ll be moving over to Merrillville Fire Station No. 2 at 7905 Taft St., where they’ll be serving cold Kool-Aid until 5 p.m. Monday is Biker’s Day, and anyone who arrives on their bike and donates $5 or more will receive a Riley rubber bracelet. Donate $10 or more and receive a bracelet and a pin.

Haley and her helpers will return to the fire station from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

On Tuesday, individuals will receive Kool-Aid, a hot dog and chips in return for a $5 donation.

Wednesday will feature a bake sale and an appearance by Hello Kitty from 1 to 2 p.m.

Face painting will be available on Thursday, and on Friday there will be a silent auction with many items to bid on. The winners don’t need to be present.

Individuals who can’t make it to the fundraiser can mail a check written to “Riley Children’s Foundation” to Hailey Perryman at 7914 Wilson St., Merrillville, IN 46410.

Hailey will accept mailed donations until July 31.



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