Ohio teenager collects over 200 cases of water for Bowling Green tornado survivors

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) — The push to help others still recovering from the aftermath of December’s killer tornadoes is still going strong.

Mackenzie Lewis, 15, set up a water challenge at the church in her hometown of Columbus, Ohio, for tornado survivors who were still struggling months later.

“I have a thing for helping people,” Mackenzie Lewis said. “I watched the news and the news tells you pretty much everything and I saw they had a crazy tornado and I saw all these people rushing in to help everybody and my thing is that I don’t like to do it properly when he arrives because that’s when everyone gives things away.

Mackenzie was able to collect nearly 300 cases of water donated by community members in Ohio.

“And I challenged other churches to donate water. I did it later because I wanted them to know I still care about them,” Lewis said.

Mackenzie says she wants the residents of Bowling Green to know that even months after the Bowling Green devastation, there are still people who care.

Even at such a young age, Mackenzie understands the importance of giving back and puts her words into action. She said people in need who drew water from Mount Zion Baptist Church in Bowling Green on Saturday were shocked at her maturity and ability to do such an important act.

“The first thing, they were surprised at my age. I was like, ‘I’m 15. I’m only in high school.’ They’re like, ’15? 15 year olds are just on the couch doing nothing these days. And I’m like, “That’s definitely not who I am,” Lewis said.

She draws inspiration from her mother who works at Ohio State University to help kids overcome college obstacles.

“Seeing her help all these other young people, knowing that she doesn’t have to do this, that motivated me. Like, I want to be like my mother. I want to be able to help my community and volunteer, and she is my role model,” Lewis said.

All it takes is a good heart and a willingness to serve, no matter how young or old you are.

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