Crayon maker honors girl for helping homeless

October 08, 1997|By Ken Fuson

Color her tickled.

Amber Coffman, the Glen Burnie girl who formed an organization to help the homeless, has been named the "Ultimate Crayola True Blue Hero" and will have a crayon named after her.

Amber, 15, was chosen from among 10,000 nominations for the top honor in the Crayola Search for True Blue Heroes. She was honored for her work as the founder and director of Happy Helpers for the Homeless, which has helped more than 26,000 homeless people. She started this work when she was 8 years old.

Amber was nominated by Jesse Pittman, 7, of Davidsonville, one of the volunteers. "She touches my heart and makes me happy when I help her," Jesse wrote.

Binney & Smith, the Pennsylvania maker of Crayola crayons, will donate $10,000 in Amber's and Jesse's names to Happy Helpers for the Homeless.

At a news conference yesterday, Amber said she was grateful for the honor.

"I feel it's important for kids to have role models because they need someone they can count on, someone they can look up to and someone who's going to set a good example for them so later on in the future they can follow in their footsteps."

Pub Date: 10/08/97

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