Little girl with big heart raises money for friend

9NEWS @ 10. 9/18/2016

LAKEWOOD - For hours Sunday afternoon, 6-year-old Bergen Jula poured her heart out to people she knows and total strangers.

"We're just collecting donations," Bergen told a neighbor while pouring him a cup of apple cider.

Bergen is collecting donations for a friend in need.

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"'The day before she was like 'see you tomorrow!' and I'm like 'Yeah!' because every day would be, like, the same, but the next day their house caught on fire so we didn't see each other the next day," Bergen recalled.

Bergen lives in Lakewood, right next door to a home that caught fire just after midnight on Sept. 9.

West Metro Firefighters found her friend, a 5-year-old girl, hiding in the closet of the home, but were able to get her out in time.

The little girl and her father were transported to Swedish Medical Center.

A spokeswoman for the hospital told 9NEWS their conditions are not available, as they've asked for privacy as they recover.

"I was really sad that my friend couldn't play so I tried to take my mind off of it," she said.

Instead of letting her mind linger on the fire, Bergen took her kindness to the corner, setting up a stand to give away apple cider and apple juice.

The response was pretty amazing -almost two dozen West Metro firefighters showed up to grab a cup a few cups.

"She's got apple cider, and it's a hot day!" one firefighter said.  "Cold apple cider sounds perfect."

This was Bergen's first fundraiser and even she can't believe how generous everyone has been.

Bergen is learning that goodwill spreads fast.

"I know why all the firefighters came to see me!" she said.

It's how a 6-year-old can cope with the very adult situation right next door. 

Copyright 2016 KUSA


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