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Becca Vaughan Is This Week's Hometown Hero

This week we spotlight a hero whose family is no stranger when it comes to helping those in need.

Posted: Sep 13, 2021 11:26 AM
Updated: Sep 13, 2021 11:55 AM

This week we spotlight a hero whose family is no stranger when it comes to helping those in need.

That giving energy has now sparked a passion in their youngest child.

"Please donate reusable water bottles for me."

This was the request by 6-year-old Becca Vaughan posted to social media.

But where did this idea come from?

"I saw a man holding a box sign and I read it, and he was homeless," says Vaughan.

"She asked me what the sign said," says Lisa Vaughan, Feed Evansville Chair and Becca's mom. "We had to start talking about what being homeless means. That's a new concept for her."

With community service running in her family, the concept of helping others wasn't unfamiliar to this first grader.

"Why do you want people to donate reusable water bottles? So, they won't get hydrated," says Vaughan.

Becca figured to stay cool at school, she carries a water bottle of her own, so why shouldn't others?

So, she put her mind to it.

"Every time when I look up on the front porch, I wanted to see reusable water bottles," says Vaughan. "Every time I get them, I jump up and down."

Others heard her request and the bottles started coming in one-by-one, some even from Mexico.

"It was exciting to see her have an idea," says Lisa Vaughan. "She asked to make the video, make the ask, collect the donations, get excited about it. I think it's nice when you can put time and effort into something that your goals are reached and you have satisfaction with that."

In total, Becca was able to collect 186 water bottles, all of which she's currently in the process of handing out, along with other drinks.

"I think it's important for children to be able to do community service with their parents and mentors so they can really understand the community in which they live and get to see the walks of life from everybody's point of view," says Vaughan.

A reminder from the eyes and heart of a child to keep others in mind and to find one small way to make the day a bit brighter for someone else.

"Thank you for the reusable water bottles," says Vaughan. "I got them passed out to homeless people so they won't get dehydrated. Bye!"

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Temperatures dipped back into the upper 30s and low 40s for many of us early this morning, marking our coldest start to a day in Evansville (where we fell to 41°) in more than a week. Fortunately, the chilly start to the day didn't mean that our afternoon would be a loss, it was anything but - in fact, after seeing temperature around 57° by our lunch hour, afternoon highs crept back into the mid to low 60s area-wide; we hit 63° in the River City - while that's still 2° shy of the norm for October 27th, we'll take a 3° increase over yesterday's high of 60°. The clear skies that allowed temperatures to climb as high as they did earlier on however, are on their way out as our next round of rainfall inches ever closer. The remainder of the evening ahead should remain dry, but isolated rainfall will return to the Tri-State as early as the overnight and predawn hours Thursday.
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