Cary third graders pitch in to help tornado victims


It started as an idea to donate some of Libby Pellerito's own clothes to kids in need. Since then, it has turned into a project embraced by her entire third grade class.

When Libby came up with the idea to help some of the youngest tornado victims in Oklahoma, she decided to ask her classmates at Highcroft Elementary for help.

"She brought the idea to me and I jumped right on it because I knew she was serious about it," teacher Heather Marinello said.

Libby says she's grateful for the extra help she's receiving.

"My teacher decided it was a good idea for all of us to make cards, so that's what we're doing right now, and I think it's great that they're helping," Libby said.

With every letter or card the students craft, they are also putting a lot of thought into coming up with heartfelt messages.

"I want them to feel nice and feel like people are trying to help, so probably feel better soon or help is coming," student Nicholas Tempke said.

"I'm hoping that they feel better and that they feel happier when they get these cards," student Avery Sallean said.

Meanwhile, the class is learning a lesson in showing kindness and compassion.

"It's a small service project, really, what it means to give something and not get anything back in return," Marinello said.

In addition to the cards, the students have brought in clothing, toiletries, and school supplies. Libby's church has already made contact with families in Moore, Oklahoma who are looking forward to receiving this help.

The good news is that the donations are coming in and the boxes to send are full and overflowing. The bad news is that it's more than Libby's parents were planning for in terms of paying for postage. Now they are hoping either their church or another aid organization can step in and send the donations to Oklahoma.

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