Classmates Of Third Grader Who Lost Everything In A Fire Surprise Him With A ‘Secret Toy Drive’

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During times of trouble, Mr. Rogers, a TV icon and positive influence on children everywhere, used to suggest,  “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” A third-grade class in Tennessee is exemplifying that idea perfectly.

A third-grade class in Tennessee held a toy drive to help out a classmate who had lost everything in a fire.

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Daniel Hunt and his family lost almost all of their belongings in a house fire on Sept. 21.

As soon as people in the Philadelphia, Tennessee community heard the sad news, they teamed up to try to find a way to support Daniel and his family. Daniel’s third-grade class was especially eager to help in any way they could.

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So the teachers at Philadelphia Elementary School organized a toy drive for Daniel.

Kelly Jones, a school counselor at Philadelphia Elementary School told ABC News that Daniel’s classmates could barely contain their excitement about helping their friend.

She said, “It was amazing to witness the excitement these third-grade kids had while sneaking in toys. The entire week, they couldn’t love him enough. People were holding doors for him, getting his pencil ready for him each morning, taking his chair down from the desk for him to sit in and swarming him at recess.”

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The school shared the story of the toy drive on Facebook and wrote: “Last week, one of our Warriors, Daniel Hunt, lost all of his belongings in a house fire. His 3rd-grade teachers and classmates started a secret toy drive for him to replace the toys he lost. He received the toys today and he was so surprised and thankful! This is certainly one of the #37846Reasons we love PES! #LoveItLiveIt #WarriorNation”

Last week, one of our Warriors, Daniel Hunt, lost all of his belongings in a house fire. His 3rd grade teachers and...

Posted by Philadelphia Elementary School on Friday, September 27, 2019

According to ABC News, Daniel’s instinct after receiving the toys was to hug all of his classmates to thank them for their gesture. It’s nice to see the helpers coming to a friend’s rescue in his time of need.

Sarah Halle Corey

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