Helping Friends Thousands of Miles Away

Students in Florida, who are penpals with students in Redding, put together a fundraiser to raise money for Carr Fire victims.

Posted: Sep. 20, 2018 6:06 PM
Updated: Sep. 21, 2018 10:05 AM

REDDING, Calif - News of the Carr Fire was reported all over the world showing destruction and devastation for days.

But for students in Florida, it was more than just a horrible fire, it was a blaze affecting their pen pals.

"It started a fire because of a fire and so our teacher decided to give them money," said second graders Ethan and Brooklynn from Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy in Florida.

So their class put their minds together and put on a no uniform day fundraiser where students could pay two dollars and get a day off from wearing their school uniforms.

Now, weeks later, those students presented a $1,000 check to their pen pals in Redding to buy new books.

“This is being presented to Rocky Point Charter, here it comes. Woah look at that, have you ever seen magic like that, “ said teacher Nancy Morgan from Florida.

Students at Rocky Point Charter School were ready to Skype and meet their pen pals for the first time on Thursday never imagining they would do so much to help them.

"Surprised, because I never knew they could raise that much money for us,” said Redding student Sarah Saavedra.

For one student, it meant so much more after what she experienced.

“It was really hard, we had to be evacuated for five days without clothes,” said Chelsay Foden.

The kids showed that a little compassion and lack of uniforms can help some friends in need even thousands of miles away.

"Have fun picking out your books," said Ethan and Brooklynn.

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