In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, students at Sunset Elementary decided to construct their own fundraiser to help raise money for the relief effort.
Quarter by quarter, they raised $396.25, and for every 25 cents given, the child who donated got to write his or her name on a paper link that was added to a chain (pictured, right). In the end, the chain consisted of nearly 1,200 links.
Since the children decided to donate all the money to the American Red Cross, Development Coordinator Gale Landrum (pictured above, with microphone), along with Jim Lilley — who has been a Red Cross volunteer for more than 50 years — gave a short presentation about the Red Cross and what they do, so the kids would really know where their money was going and how it would help, Landrum said.
“What I like about this the most is that (the kids) came to me,” she said. “They had the idea. I did not initiate at all, and I thought, this is wonderful. I will be there.”