Makenzie Hyde took an oath to love God, cherish her family, honor her country and serve in her community — an oath she takes very seriously.
In the spring of 2013, Makenzie, a Tenderheart member of the American Heritage Girls Troop OK 1776, a faith-based scouting organization for girls, learned of the clean water shortage in Africa. Around the same time, she also learned how to knit. Wanting to make a difference, Makenzie was inspired to knit and sell scarves in order to raise the $3,000 necessary to purchase a water well in Uganda.
Makenzie brought her idea to a friend at her home congregation, the Dewey Church of Christ in Oklahoma. The friend, so inspired, was determined to make her dream a reality.
And the response was overwhelming.
A friend donated yarn while others knitted scarves, hats, afghans and baby booties. Makenzie and her sister Larissa, also a Tenderheart member, knitted 10 scarves and a baby afghan, while still others donated hand-made quilts, jewelry, woodwork, ironwork, baked goods and even a painting. The items were to be sold in a silent auction in the fall.
On Nov. 16, 2013, the sisters helped sort, organize, set up and tear down the auction event, which was held at the Dewey church’s family center. The auction brought in $6,000, which far exceeded the original goal. Aside from the items sold, some donations came from Conoco Phillips employees who gave of their time, money and resources. The funds have been donated to the Kibo Group, a U.S.-based organization focused on developing initiatives in East Africa.
Makenzie and her family have since moved to Shawnee, Okla., where her father, Jimmy, is pulpit minister for the Central Church of Christ. She is an Explorer in the American Heritage Troop OK 0405, chartered by the Wilshire Church of Christ in Oklahoma City.
Makenzie’s new troop sponsors have no doubt that she will continue to use her talents to help and bless others, locally and globally.