Last year, Steiner sisters Alyssa (10) and Kylie (7) raised over $600 for victims of the hurricanes in Puerto Rico. So when they showed interest in having another fundraiser this year, the only question was who would they support?

“The girls were so surprised with the amount of money they were able to collect last year and it was such a good experience for them, I was thrilled they wanted to do it again,” exclaimed their mother Shannon. “Their love of nature and enjoyment of the National Lakeshore’s beaches, trails, and museums drove them to want to do more to support their National Park, so they decided to raise money for the Sleeping Bear Dunes.”

Fundraising for Sleeping Bear Dunes at Horizon Books in December, 2018

The fundraiser was held on the sidewalk in front of Horizon Books on December 16, 2018. The Steiner sisters and five of their friends (Sophia and Gianna Nowak, Alexandra Maxon, Lola Russell, and Molly O’Hearn) made things to give donors, shared maps of the park and of the new Kettles Trail that is being built now. They raised $330.19!

Kylie and Alyssa present their donation to Scott Tucker, Park Superintendent

Today, Alyssa and Kylie and their family made the trip to Empire to present their donation to Scott Tucker, Superintendent of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Their donation will be used to design and install a new interpretive sign at the new Kettles Trail. Scott presented Allysa and Kylie with Superintendent’s coin and Kerry Kelly presented them with a Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes pin. They and their families were treated to a viewing of an early draft of the new Visitor Center video that is being created now.

Their family often walks the Lake Michigan beaches in the National Lakeshore picking up litter, so they also joined the Adopt-A-Beach volunteer program!

This kind of stewardship is really inspiring!