Eagle River girl getting creative to raise money for Australia wildlife

Published: Jan. 12, 2020 at 11:04 PM AKST
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After 5-year-old Kinley Kostka heard about the wildfires in Australia, she wanted to do her part to help.

Branda Kostka, Kinley's mother, posted a video of her daughter explaining how she was willing to paint rocks and offer up makeup sessions in exchange for donations to help the wildlife in Australia.

The PBS show, Wild Kratts, is one of Kinley's favorites. Kostka will often share any social media posts from the show with her daughter. When she explained a post from their Instagram to Kinley about the wildfires in Australia and how they were affecting wildlife, her daughter immediately wanted to help.

"She was running around the house trying to find things to sell," she said.

Eventually, the two came up with a plan to offer painted rocks and makeup sessions in exchange for donations.

Kostka thought the post would only reach family and friends. But soon, they had twenty rock orders, makeup sessions scheduled, and more than $1,000 in donations.

"We never expected this kind of response from everybody," Kostka said.

Kostka said that if anyone would like to request a a rock painting in exchange for donations, to leave a comment on her original Facebook