Preschoolers Collect Coins For Classmates In Need

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Some preschoolers in Herculaneum are doing some coin collecting. They're chipping in their change to help a classmate.

Two weeks ago 3-year-old Cheyenne and five-year-old Brandon Wood were happy with what they received for Christmas. But last Wednesday, an electrical fire caused extensive smoke and water damage to their Festus home. Brandon's classmates at the Taylor Early Childhood Center talked about the ordeal on Tuesday.

"The thing they were most concerned with was if your pajamas burned. How would you go to sleep? So you never know what they're going to come up with." said teacher Charrissa Kappler.

So Ms. Kappler came up with a way these pre-schoolers could help. She organized a coin war among the classrooms. Ms. Kappler's kids and some parents dropped off their change and by mid-day today, had raised $71. The children chipped in and so it the community.

"Just total strangers one day I was at Wal-Mart and somebody handed me $40 and said, 'We know what you're going through.' and I didn't even know them." said Kathy Lingo.

It's that generosity that is surprising everyone and making one little boy feel a little better. A little change can go a long way.