9-year-old Fairdale girl raising money for dad’s funeral through bake sales

Published: Jan. 8, 2021 at 1:01 AM EST
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - A fourth grader in Fairdale is using her love of baking to collect donations to pay for her father’s funeral.

Kaylei Miller, 9, told WAVE 3 News she loves baking cookies. On Wednesday, she spent the day in the kitchen with help from her family to set up a bake sale at the Fairdale Dairy Queen.

Miller made a red velvet cake with bright pink frosting and sprinkles, and she also had popcorn for sale.

“A Reese cookie, a brownie, and cookies,” she said, showing off her baked goods. “I just like to bake.”

She said the chocolate cookies would have been her dad’s favorite.

Sunday, her dad, 35-year-old Jason Barton, was killed in a car accident. It happened after 11 p.m. on National Turnpike near Fairdale Road. Police have not released any details about the crash or released Barton’s name, though the family confirmed to WAVE 3 News he was the victim killed in the crash.

The family said Barton was a hardworking man and a great father dedicated to making sure his family had food on the table.

Without him, his daughter said she only wants to honor her father by helping her family.

“I just wanted to raise money so we could have a funeral for my dad,” Miller said.

According to a GoFundMe page set up for Barton’s family, he had no life insurance, and the family does not have the money for funeral expenses. The message spread around Fairdale through social media and word of mouth, sending people to the Dairy Queen to pick up sweet treats and helping Miller raise money for her family.

There was a line of cars and a line of people outside of their cars Thursday at the Dairy Queen in Fairdale to support Miller and her family. One generous couple, Jack and Debbie, saw the story on WAVE 3 News and gave them $1,000.

“The pandemic won’t stop us from caring about other people,” Jack said. “As my wife said, she lost her father when she was in the fourth grade and still remembers what it was like. We knew the kind of pain the young lady was going through and we wanted to help.”

The family said the support is overwhelming.

“It’s amazing that the community came together in a time of need from hearing Kaylei’s story and just wanting to help from all over,” Shalena Barton, Miller’s aunt and Jason Barton’s sister, told WAVE 3 News. “[She’s] just like her daddy. She’s an entrepreneur. He was all about making money and doing whatever it took to take care of his family.”

Kaylei said her dad was everything to her and she’s grateful for all of the people who showed up to donate and buy her baked goods.

“Just grateful,” Kaylei said. “I cried yesterday because of all the people who actually cared.”

Click here to donate to the family via GoFundMe.

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