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Wisconsin girl raises $500 for homeless children

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MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WKOW/WISN) -- A little girl in Milwaukee is working to combat child homelessness by starting her own organization and raising money to donate to area shelters.

8-year-old Payton first learned about homelessness through her own family, her mother told our Milwaukee affiliate, WISN.

"It was my uncle. He was homeless for a while and she started doing research," Leticia Anderson said. "She was like, 'Oh my gosh, there's homeless children.'"

"She did her own research and was like, 'I have to find a way to help," Anderson said.

So Payton decided to make her own t-shirts and crayons-- and sell them to raise money.

Her business is called Eye of a Child and proceeds go to shelters housing homeless children and their families.

"I learned there were also homeless children, more than 2.5 million children. Children that are just like me that are homeless," Peyton said. "I was like, yeah, no, that's not happening."

Just this month, Peyton raised enough funds to donate $500 to Joy House, a Milwaukee women's shelter. She also donated toys to the children there.

She said her next goal is to raise $1,000 for another women's shelter.

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