Missouri Avenue fifth-grader Ailicec Gomez spearheaded an effort involving the student body to help victims of Superstorm Sandy by raising $302 for the Red Cross. On hand with Ailicec for the check presentation on Tuesday were PTA president Carlos Cruz, left, his wife Trisha, and Izaak Guajaca, disaster captain for the Red Cross. Mark Wilson Photo
Missouri Avenue Elementary presented American Red Cross of Southeastern New Mexico a donation of $302 to benefit the organization’s Superstorm Sandy disaster relief fund, Tuesday.
Students, parents and staff contributed the money during a three-week fundraiser, said principal Glenda Moore.
The school’s PTA organized the effort following an idea from fifth-grader Ailicec Gomez.
PTA president Carlos Cruz said it was nice “for someone to think of others.”
“Other students probably thought about it,” he said. “But for her to step forward was awesome.”
While getting ready for school, Gomez said she saw the storm’s devastation on the television news and decided then she “wanted to make a fundraiser for all the little kids in New York.”
“I got emotional, seeing all the kids there,” said Gomez, 10. “I want for all the kids to be happy.”
Gomez said she hopes the money can help New Yorkers affected by storm damage to “buy groceries because they lost all their houses and everything.”
Gale Landrum, development coordinator for American Red Cross of Southeastern New Mexico, said the organization appreciates the effort of all the students at Missouri Avenue Elementary and will make sure all monies raised will go toward the victims.
Moore said the school also is working on an effort to donate toys and stuffed animals to storm-affected children.