Cary 9 year old starts Oklahoma fundraiser

May 23, 2013 3:06:00 PM PDT
A local third grader who felt so moved by the tornado tragedy in Oklahoma has decided to give up some of her belongings to help others in need.

Libby Pellerito goes to school at Highcroft Elementary in Cary. She is only 9 years old, but has big plans for making a difference in a community that needs help.

Libby's family said the child got the idea while watching the news and seeing the devastation on TV. She came up with the idea to donate some of her clothes to kids who lost theirs in the tornado.

"We were actually kind of astonished that it came from a 9 year old, and that she had the forthright to go out there and say hey, what can we do to go out and help the children," Libby's dad Todd Edborg said.

Libby wasted no time in gathering donations.

"Well I went in my closet and found some stuff that didn't fit me or that I wouldn't exactly wear. I'm hoping that they'll be happy, and well, just feel like they have things now," Libby said.

Libby's pastor happens to know a family who lost everything in the storm. Some of Libby's personal items will be donated to them and their neighbors in Moore who are starting over from scratch.

"Our goal is to come along side them and if they can utilize clothes and toothbrushes and stuff we're collecting here and we're going to send that to them and whatever they can't use or don't feel like they need we're going to make sure it gets in the hands of people who can use it," said Oasis Church pastor Bill Rose.

Libby has asked her classmates to also bring in donations. Next week her class will be making cards that they can send to students in Oklahoma.

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