Child donates to veterans monument fund
by Jennifer Cohron
Jul 30, 2012 | 1419 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Stevie Sargent decorates one of the seashells that he sold to raise money for Cordova’s veterans monument. Photo special to the Eagle
Stevie Sargent decorates one of the seashells that he sold to raise money for Cordova’s veterans monument. Photo special to the Eagle
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Stevie Sargent, whose recent $400 contribution pushed the Cordova Veterans Memorial Fund past the $5,000 mark, is an unlikely benefactor.

Not only does he live in Vestavia Hills rather than Cordova, he is also only 9 years old.

“You don't normally see children of his age concerned with things of this nature. We were truly moved by his donation,” said Beth Cooper Tackett, a member of the group working to rebuild the veterans monument that was destroyed in the April 27, 2011 tornadoes.

Stevie’s parents, Scott and Jackie Sargent, are graduates of Cordova High School.

The Sargent family delivered supplies to Cordova after it was devastated by two tornadoes on April 27, and Jackie Sargent volunteered for more than a month at a relief center set up at the local VFW.

On Mother’s Day 2011, Sargent requested that her sons work alongside her in Cordova.

Stevie came up with an idea to help the city later that summer during a family beach vacation.

“He and I went to look for seashells one morning, and he said, ‘I could make jewelry out of these shells and sell them,’” Sargent said.

Last June, the Sargent family hosted an event in their neighborhood called “Snacks and Shells for Cordova” that raised $400 for tornado relief.

After taking a year to decide where it would be put to the best use, the Sargents donated the money earlier this month to the Cordova Veterans Memorial Fund.

Tackett said between $10,000 and $15,000 must be raised to rebuild the monument.

In addition to selling survival bracelets, the group also plans to organize a brick campaign. Local residents will be able to purchase a brick in honor or in memory of local veterans. The engraved bricks will then be placed around the new monument.

Sargent said Stevie still has some jewelry to sell to benefit the monument project. For more information, visit Snacks and Shells for Cordova on Facebook.