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Girl, 7, raises thousands for front-line workers by playing ukulele

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a girl standing in front of a sign: 7 year old girl raises money for hospital © Ashley Pultar 7 year old girl raises money for hospital

A Manchester girl took it upon herself to raise money for front-line workers, and she did it with a little help from her ukulele.

Lilyana Roman, 7, said she wanted to raise money to help health care workers, and she did it by playing her ukulele in her front yard and asking neighbors to donate.

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"I thought people would need this money to help them, and the virus is a thing they were worried about," Lilyana said.

"She wanted to make sure if people were donating that they got something in return, so she was singing to them," said her mother, Ashley Pultar.

The campaign started small, but thanks to a series of matching donations, it quickly grew.

"I said that our school would match what she raised, thinking it would be a few dollars, and it ended up being $500," said neighbor Kristen Biron.

Lilyana raised $4,000 to benefit front-line workers at Elliot Hospital.

"You always carry those stories with you, and this is one that I'll remember forever," said Kelli Rafftery, of Elliot Health System. "The fact that she wanted to play outside and got her neighbors to donate because she wanted to do something, it's really incredible."

"People would get scared and stay inside, so I thought I could give them money to get more tools to help people," Lilyana said.

Lilyana said she plans to continue playing the ukulele, hoping to raise even more money for front-line workers. Donations can be made to Front Lines New Hampshire with the message: "In honor of Lilyana."


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