Gates County teen challenges local athletes to donate to Florence recovery


GATES COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) — Makayla Bolton is challenging local athletes to donate in the wake of Hurricane Florence.

Bolton, 13, sat in the pews of Gatesville Baptist Church on Sunday morning as her pastor explained that they were going to be a drop-off location for Hurricane Florence victims, and it got her wheels turning.

“As athletes, we are leaders, we have to lead our community, we have to lead our society, we’re the next generation of athletes, so we have to make an impact on what we can,” said Bolton.

Bolton decided to challenge athletes in her community to donate, whether that’s $1, or 1 item, it can all go to one good cause.

“If you can do anything as an athlete, or the parent of an athlete, or as a coach, anything, that’d be amazing,” she said.

She’s spreading her Athletes for the Aftermath challenge through a Facebook page where more of her classmates can see and join in.

“We have a responsibility to give back to those that need us and are looking up to us as athletes,” she explained.

Bolton will have a stand set up over the next couple of weeks at Gates County sports events where donations can be dropped off. 

She says you can also drop them off at Gatesville Baptist Church or the State Employees Credit Union too.

You can also donate through this GoFundMe page.

“It’s awesome to see someone at any age for that matter want to help out their fellow human beings, but to see someone that young to be able to start something on her own and really get the ball rolling is phenomenal,” said Raymond Brickhouse, Gatesville Baptist Church’s pastor. 

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