McPherson girl pays it forward to United Way

By Chris Swick
August 19, 2015

Unbeknownst to a McPherson child, she became the embodiment of this year's United Way of McPherson County 2015 fundraising campaign recently.

United Way Executive Director Anne Kirchner says that Reanna Eilrich, 9, kicked off the United Way's “Pass If Forward” campaign with a random act of kindness.

“She came, unsolicited, holding a check,” Kirchner said. “The check amount was for $31.53 and she wanted to make a donation to the United Way."

Kirchner says that Reanna was inspired by a book the United Way distributed a year ago called “Show You Care, Volunteer.”

“She was inspired by the book to help her local community,” Kirchner said. “She opted to host a lemonade stand this summer in her neighborhood. She actually raised more dollars, I think it was around $75, and she divided it in half. She gave half to United Way and then half to the Giving Hope Fund at Home State Bank.”

Reanna's mother, Tiffani Eilrich, is involved with the Giving Hope Fund, which helps cancer patients.

“The cool part is that her mother said, 'I had nothing to do with this, this was her idea, her initiative and she executed it without any help,'” Kirchner said.

The 2015 United Way campaign will begin Sept. 10, as the United Way of McPherson County will host a McPherson Chamber of Commerce Coffee at the McPherson Museum at 9:30 a.m. Kirchner says the goal this year is $225,000 by Dec. 31. Reanna's donation will go towards that fundraising goal.