Stevens kids fill Valley with a giving Christmas glow
by Emma Cornford
EACH night, Ashlee and Zahli Stevens stand out the front of their home in Woodward Street, Grafton, selling glowsticks.
Their house is one of dozens of homes around the Clarence Valley lit up with thousands of Christmas lights, but the sisters are not selling the sticks for profit.
Rather, eight-year-old Ashlee and six-year-old Zahli are raising money for the Stoker Family Appeal, set up to help the four children of Mark and Cindy Stoker who both recently lost their lives to cancer.
In the true spirit of Christmas giving, their parents Linda and Nick Stevens bought the box of 1000 glowsticks for the girls to sell.
"I don't know the family at all, it's just that when I read about them it really pulled at my heartstrings. Just thinking what they could be going through, especially at this time of year, is really hard," Mrs Stevens said.
"I just thought I could help by getting more people to donate their money because I don't think many people will really go to a bank branch to donate $5 but most are more than happy to get their kids a glowstick when they're cruising around the neighbourhood looking at lights."
Ashlee and Zahli will be selling the glowsticks at the house for a donation of $1. All money will go to the Stoker family.