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9-Year-Old Girl Helps Fire Victims Through Lauren's Luggage

3:09 AM, Feb 10, 2013   |    comments
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COLUMBIA, Md. (WUSA) -- A Maryland girl is helping one fire victim at a time.

You might think she would be the last person to do this because she recently lost her home but 9-year-old Lauren Hontz sends care packages to different fire departments and hospitals.

On Saturday, Lauren came to deliver her care packages to the Howard County Fire Department for future fire victims.

The fire captain invited the little girl after hearing about Lauren's Luggage, the name of her website and Facebook page where people can learn how to donate. 

The 9-year-old puts so much thought into each bag whether its for a dog or a little girl. Each bag includes a blanket and stuffed animal. If any one knows what it's like to lose a home, it would be Lauren.

"She's a caring kid. But maybe because it gives her a tiny piece back of what the fire took away," said Jennifer Hontz, Lauren's mother.

"After my fire, I just wanted a blanket. We had some extras and asked if we could give them away and it was the one thing I really wanted after my fire," Lauren said. 

Lauren's Hanover Maryland town home burned down this past July.

"She turned one of the worst things in her life to something positive. It was a tough thing to go through and throwing myself behind what she does is way more positive than focusing on what we lost," Hontz said. 

While Lauren and her family are rebuilding their lives, they are also trying to help others pick up the pieces.

She's thought of every detail down to the dog leash and cat litter.

The idea of Lauren's Luggage rolled out shortly after their own tragedy. Since the summer Lauren has delivered roughly 100 care packages to Johns Hopkins, personal victims, Hurricane Sandy victims and fire stations around the area.

Lauren will turn 10 next week.

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