Child’s story moves woman | VailDaily.com

Child’s story moves woman

Nicole Frey

VAIL – Suddenly awake at 3 a.m., Susi Brenden, turned on her television, where the news continued its continuous coverage of the Hurricane Katrina disaster. What stared back at her from the screen was a 9-year-old girl with a remarkable story that, Brenden said, moved her deeply. The girl had been transported to a school that had been turned into a shelter. With no supplies, the girl subsisted on candy bars and water she had carried in with her. Among elderly and sick refugees, the girl used a newfound cell phone signal several days into her stay to call for help and supplies, Brenden said. And her name was Hope. “I love that her name was Hope. It’s very emotional for me, very passionate,” said Brenden, a self-described hippie. “I realized that it’s affected everyone.” The Vail resident of 40 years, who has a history of working with children, felt compelled to take action. Supported by a “financial angel,” Brenden had 5,000 Vail Cares bracelets on the way, which she will sell for $5 each. Fifty percent of the profits will be donated to Save the Children foundation and the remainder will go to a local chapter of the Salvation Army to aid evacuees arriving in the Eagle County. “This gives everyone the opportunity for $5 to be part of the collective conscientiousness of the family of man and support our southern neighbors,” she said. Bracelets will be sold at the Vail farmers market Sunday and also at the Big Easy concert Oct. 1 at the Ford Amphitheater in Vail. Staff Writer Nicole Frey can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 454, or nfrey@vaildaily.com. Vail, Colorado