Boy raises over $3k for Superstorm Sandy victims

February 5, 2013 2:26:24 PM PST
A 9-year-old boy in New Jersey gave a touching gift.

He helped raise money for people affected by Superstorm Sandy.

Tuesday, he presented the money to the Red Cross.

Something big calls for a big afternoon assembly.

"Peter said, 'I want to help those people,'" said Deborah Savage, principal.

The man of the hour is 9-year-old Petey Coar.

"I started selling bracelets to benefit the victims of Hurricane Sandy. I would like to thank everyone who helped me," Coar said.

"It's helping the Hurricane Sandy people who lost their homes," said Ziarra Navarro, 8-years-old.

"I'm proud of my big friend peter," said Julian Delemos, Petey's friend.

"It's been great that people tried to do their best to help," said Joseph Pane, Petey's friend.

There are 280 students at St. Francis Academy, and for the most part, the families got through Sandy OK.

But the kids did see the stories on TV, and Petey decided it was time to step up.*

"He was saving allowance for video games; it was $200," said Jillian Coar, Petey's mother.

Petey's been hailed in Jersey City and got letters from Governor Christie and President Obama.

But at last, he completed his mission by handing $3,335 over to the Red Cross.

"What you've done is going to help a lot of people, what all of you did," said Jocelyn Gilman, American Red Cross.

Giving and caring is what they learn at St. Francis Academy, and to do it now not later.

"I would like to remind my fellow classmates that we may be small, but we can make a big difference," Petey Coar said.

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