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By LeiLani Golden - bio | email

CAIRO, GA (WALB) –A Cairo couple is selling charms to keep their daughter's memory alive and raise money to help children in Africa.

Rachel and Cameron King lost their daughter Makiah in a car crash in October.

But Makiah's legacy will help children around the world.

A little girl's room sits frozen in time, still the way it was before the King family left for vacation in October.

"We were hit by a car and the person driving was under the influence," says Cameron King. "And that day our 4 year old daughter Makiah was killed in the accident."

Makiah's parents, Rachel and Cameron, say she was full of life and cared deeply about those who were less fortunate.

"One day after preschool class, Makiah came in the kitchen with her piggy bank with was full of money at the time. And she said she wanted to give all her money to the girls in Africa who had to walk so far to get water."

After the accident, a family friend wanted to do something in Makiah's honor. So she turned to the internet for ideas. That's when she came across Operation Blessing International's Meet Me at the Well charm project.

The coincidence shocked the Kings.

"It was Makiah's heart to do this well project and we were just so taken aback that my mom's friend came up with this idea," recalls Cameron. "Rachel had never met her but when my mom called and told her she just teared up. It was like a sign from heaven."

Now, a month into the project, they've sold over 150 charms. But 600 are needed to build Makiah's well.

"I think Makiah would be really happy about that," Cameron smiles. "I'm just really excited to see people getting involved and seeing the snowball effect of it."

Once completed, the Kings will receive photos of the well's dedication ceremony.

"This would make a really good gift for Christmas. And it would also give them something practical to remember that this is a big world with lots of people in need."

A big concept that one little girl already grasped.

The Kings are currently working on a way for people to donate directly to Makiah's well fund without purchasing a charm.

If you'd like to buy a charm, visit The Makiah Kaitlyn King Well Project's Facebook Page

To learn more about the King family, visit Rachel's blog here.

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