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Students collect items for young Sandy victims

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"Imagine if we were in their place, we would need help too," says Alyssa Chartrand, an 8th grade student.

And that's what students at Queen of Peace are doing, helping kids affected by Sandy.

"They have lost a lot of stuff at their homes and schools that's why we're bringing all this stuff so they can have a good rest of their life," says second grader, Isabella Listello.

They've adopted another Catholic school in Belden, New Jersey that was completely shut down by the storm.

"They need to be like us and they need to learn and they need supplies to learn," says 4th grade student Carson Caudillo.

So Queen of Peace students are collecting school supplies, hats and gloves to send to out east.

"We've been bringing in a lot of stuff, like I've been bringing in a lot of notebooks and glue," says Lainey Kaszana, a second grade student.

Principal Tina Dover says the students were eager to help. The collection began Wednesday and already the turnout is more than she could imagine.

"We were just thinking if we could send them anything that they would be more than grateful for whatever we could send and then the stuff just kept piling in," says Dover.

Students can bring in supplies until Friday. They're anxious to ship them out.

"I can't wait for all these kids to get them," says Chartrand.

"They're probably going to be excited and happy they got it so they can go back to school," says Kaszana.

Dover says it's never too early for students to learn how to serve.

"What better way to instill in our children the fact of giving, other than from child to child,"says Dover.

And she says she's proud to see her students eager to help kids they will never meet.

"You don't have to know them as long as you know in your heart that you did something good for someone else. It's a great feeling," says Chartrand.

It's a school-wide effort, but if you're interested in donating to the cause you can call Queen of Peace at 574-255-0392 or drop off items at the main office.

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