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Maryland girl asked for cases of water for her birthday to help Puerto Rico hurricane victims

Dashai Morton, a sixth grader at North Forestville Elementary School in Prince George’s County, Maryland, celebrated her 12th birthday on Tuesday by collecting 500 cases of water for the victims of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico. (Image source: WTTG-TV)

A Maryland girl asked for cases of water bottles for her 12th birthday to help the victims of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico, according to WTTG-TV.

Why water?

Dashai Morton, a sixth-grader at North Forestville Elementary School in Prince George’s County, celebrated her 12th birthday on Tuesday.

Before her special day, her grandmother asked Dashai what she wanted for her birthday. She replied that she wanted cases of water bottles to send to those impacted by the storms. She said she wanted to donate 500 cases to people on the island.

According to CNN, more than 1.2 million people in Puerto Rico are still without potable water weeks after the storms.

Dashai, with the help of her mother, her grandmother, and her classmates, collected 460 cases of water bottles. Dashai used the money she received as a birthday gift to purchase the remaining 40 cases, hitting her goal of 500. She also collected other items to donate like flashlights, blankets, and baby formula.

“This is my birthday gift,” Dashai told WTTG as she sat atop the cases of water.

WTTG reported that anyone who would like to help Dashai contribute to the collection or could help with transporting the cases to Puerto Rico may contact the station for more information.

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