O’Fallon girl uses birthday to once again to help those less fortunate

Delaney Hall

Ten-year-old Delaney Hall sits atop 2,004 pairs of shoes she collected to donate to the Shoeman so they can be used to raise funds to put wells in India. (Submitted Photo)

O’FALLON – Delaney Hall is at it again and this time she’s helping to provide water to struggling people in India.

This is the third year in a row that Delaney, who is ten-years-old and will be going into fifth grade at Moye Elementary, uses her birthday as a way to help the less fortunate. When she turned eight, Delaney asked her party guests to bring pet food and supplies to donate to local shelters. Last year, Delaney collected fabric which was made into blankets that she personally donated to sick children at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

This year, Delaney collected shoes, which she gave to the Shoeman last week. All total, Delaney collected 2,004 pairs of shoes and $104, which will help fund a well in Kajjarla, India which will benefit around 600 homes. The estimated cost of the well is $5,000.

Delaney doesn’t know what she wants to do for her next birthday but she’s always open to ideas and suggestions.

Delaney would like to thank the following for their support: Moye Elementary and Olson Orthodontics for both agreeing to be drop off sites, Renner Technical Computers for donating the use of their trailer to transport the shoes, and the many family, friends, neighbors and strangers who donated, helped tie shoes together and load the trailer.

Delaney is the daughter of Lynn and Eric Hall.

Delaney Hall

Delaney helps move the boxes and boxes of shoes out of her house and onto the trailer. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)