Little Jo has a big heart, raising money for families in need

LCR photo/Chris Roden

Emery Kenworthy, 5, chief salesperson at Little Jo’s Mum Shop, stands among the mums she and her family sold as a Christmas fundraiser. Emery wants to raise money to sponsor a family’s Christmas dinner and toys for the kids.


If you ask Emery Jo Kenworthy, 5, why she and her family are selling mums from their home, at malls and at festivals, she will give you a simple answer.
“There’s just some people that need stuff for Christmas,” Emery said.
Her father, Luke Kenworthy, further explained it.
“We try real hard to instill in her in particular and my son Daxon — he’s still young — that Christmas is about sharing Jesus’ love, and we asked her this year what would be something you would want to do every year,” Kenworthy said.
Kenworthy said he and wife, Heather, give their kids presents each year but like to go a step further.
“We like each year to give her the opportunity to give to somebody else. We’ve sponsored some families in the past, and this year we said what would you like to do,” Kenworthy said.
The fundraising idea that Emery liked best was selling mums. Kenworthy drove to the Lead Mine area where some folks in the Mennonite community were selling mums. The giving option she liked best was sponsoring a family’s Christmas dinner and toys.

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