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Twelve-year-old twins Norkeshia and Kevneshia Groomes, at left and center, with friend Martha Granderson, 12, at right, sold homemade baked goods Monday and Friday at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni to raise money for Granderson’s sister, a nurse, to travel to New Hope, Uganda.

Twelve-year-old twins Norkeshia and Kevneshia Groomes, at left and center, with friend Martha Granderson, 12, at right, sold homemade baked goods Monday and Friday at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni to raise money for Granderson’s sister, a nurse, to travel to New Hope, Uganda. (Cindy G. Alejandrez / U.S. Marine Corps)

Three 12-year-old girls at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni are selling baked items to help pay the airfare of a nurse from the West Coast planning to assist a medical mission in Uganda.

Martha Granderson and twins Kevneshia and Norkeshia Groomes mounted a box on a bicycle, walked it around base Monday and Friday and sold items they baked at home, including oatmeal cookies, brownies and cupcakes, along with hot chocolate.

Martha’s sister, Phebe Sistoso, 26, is a labor and delivery nurse in Los Angeles, planning to travel to Uganda with a medical team sponsored by Bethany Christian Fellowship in San Pedro, Calif. The team is to provide medical assistance at an AIDS orphanage in New Hope, a city in the nation torn by violence and disease, she said.

“My friends and I decided we wanted to help this way,” Martha said Friday. “I’ve done this before after the tsunami and for a child I sponsor in Honduras.”

“We’re all friends and she asked us to get involved,” Kevneshia said. “She said she couldn’t do it by herself. Plus, she said it would be more fun with more people. My sister and I also like that we can help other people and this is very important because it will help children at the AIDS orphanage.”

“I also want to be able to travel to Uganda one day to help,” Norkeshia said. “I did research about the orphans and read about the horrible conditions in Uganda.”

The three collected $106 on Monday. Friday’s total had yet to be tallied Friday afternoon but the estimated $2,000 round trip from Los Angeles to Uganda represents a lot of baking. The trio said the sales will continue until a significant dent is made in Sistoso’s airfare.

According to the girls, donations designated to send Sistoso to Uganda may be sent to Bethany Christian Fellowship, 792 West 10th Street, San Pedro, Calif., 90731.


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