7th Grader Honors Friend Killed in DUI Accident

MAUMELLE, AR -- It was just over a year ago that police say a drunk driver killed 10-year old Maci Harris and her grandfather in a car accident on New Year's Day.

So, Maci's friends found a very special way to keep her memory alive.

At Maumelle Middle School, some of the students who were friends with Maci dedicated a school project in her honor.

It's a story about the young heart and how very strong it can be.

As part of a Family Career and Community Leaders of America project, one 7th grader made her assignment all about the dear friend she misses very much.

Every stitch brings Autumn Herring closer to finishing her FCCLA project.

"It's fun for me to sew," Autumn says.

But  behind those stitches there's a story; and it's one that brings tears to autumn's eyes.

"We had a really hard time when we lost her," Autumn says.

She met Maci at church just months before Maci died in a car accident.

"She told us that she wanted Jesus in her heart," Autumn recalls.

The project is just as special as the reason behind it.

The dolls the kids are making ill be given to Arkansas Children's Hospital.

Doctors and nurses can use the dolls to help explain to children a procedure or surgery before it happens.

"I mean I know that I would want to know what's going on if I was in the hospital or something, so I think it's really cool they get a visual to see," student Ashley Turner says.

Other students are pitching in, too, to help Autumn reach her goal.

"No matter how young you are you can make a change," Turner says.

The Maumelle Middle schoolers are also making the dolls in honor of Maci's brother.

He was in the accident, too, but recovered from his injuries thanks to the help of the doctors and nurses at Children's Hospital.

For a full interview with Autumn, click here.

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