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Burkburnett teen struggles to help homeless

Railynn Carter started Carter’s Bags of Joy six years ago to help bring a smile to those in need
Published: Nov. 22, 2021 at 2:33 AM CST
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WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KAUZ) - One Burkburnett teen who started collecting bags for the homeless and veterans is having trouble keeping her dream alive.

Railynn Carter started Carter’s Bags of Joy six years ago with her twin sister Brailynn, with the goal of helping to bring a smile to those in need during the holiday season. In recent years, Carter has run the organization with her nephew.

“We put bags together for the homeless so that they have something to wear. We also give them food and a blanket,” said Carter.

On Saturday Carter and her family held a silent auction and pool tournament at CC Oasis in Electra, but they said donations have been few and far between.

“There are about five people here, which is really discouraging. I just expected everybody to have a heart like I do and I’m not seeing that in our community!” said Carla Buss, Carter’s mother.

The family spent days putting up flyers advertising the event in Electra, Burkburnett and even Wichita Falls but Carla will continue to help her kids give bags of joy for as long as they want to do it.

“She’s 16 now she’s not our drinking, she’s not out running the streets, she’s not out doing drugs, she’s thinking about the homeless people and that makes me very proud,” said Carla.

“There’s some stuff that we have we’re not using, so if we’re not using it then why can’t somebody else have it?” said Carter.

Carter said that although she works she hasn’t been able to save nearly as much money to buy what she had hoped to give away. She plans to give whatever supplies that are raised to the homeless on Dec. 19 in Wichita Falls at Big Blue.

To find out more information on Carter’s Bags of Joy, visit their Facebook page.

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