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TV show highlights Alexandria girl's smile mission

A 12-year-old Alexandria girl's efforts to help others will be spotlighted on the KSTP-TV program, "On the Road with Jason Davis."

The show about Emersyn Harris will air this Sunday, September 8 at 10:30 p.m. and will be broadcast again on September 9 at 11 a.m. The segment is called "Smiles" and highlights the 7th grader's ability to brighten the day of patients at Douglas County Hospital.

Emersyn, who was featured in an Echo Press story on October 5, 2011, has made it her mission to help others by doing something special for someone every single day. She's made gifts for classmates and teachers, volunteers at the food shelf, visits nursing homes, brings gifts to animals at the humane society, helps the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, sends school supplies to kids who need them, collects pop tops for the Ronald McDonald House, mails brightly colored socks to children's hospitals and much more.

"Doing good is the best feeling in the world," she said in the newspaper story.

She started a Facebook page, "Cards for Kids," that encourages others to write stories about children who are ill and need a little cheer. She then sends them unique cards and gifts, specifically designed to bring a smile to their faces.

Just a few weeks ago, she sent a box of pinwheels to the Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation. The president of the company was so impressed he sent Emersyn a thank you letter, saying, "Your thoughtfulness and generosity will help brighten the lives of pediatric patients in our community who face seemingly insurmountable challenges. Because of you, children and their families are able to bravely face the future with brightened smiles and lightened hearts."

To learn more about the Cards for Kids effort or Emersyn's acts of kindness, visit her Facebook page (search for Cards for Kids) or go to her blog at

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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