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HOWLAND, Ohio- One ornament at a time, these three Senior english students are raising donations to send to a couple that's rebuilding after the storm that wiped out homes and put lives on hold.

For $5 a piece, the donations gathered from the tree décor favorites will go straight to the Spriggs family, who are now rebuilding their home for a second time.

It's their senior year service project and the girls have already raised $600, a feat even they can't believe after feeling overwhelmed at first.

"Then when we got going, we were excited and we just kept coming up with more things and they found the ornament and christmas tree idea online," said Aubrey Elder.

The Spriggs family lost everything, down to every last christmas ornament and the girls say helping the family like this was a life lesson, something they could have never learned out of a textbook.

"I just think it's really special and everyone that's in high school should have to experience something like this," said Kayla Axiotis.

"Experiencing ths type of fundraiser just teaches us to be helpful around the holidays, especially for those less fortunate," said Kalliopi Georgalos.

The three even established a partnership with Moca House which supplied the cookies and the hot coca when they light up the tree at at the Howland Community Gazebo in front of the high school at 6:30 p.m.

A memorable ending to an effort where giving back has probably never seemed so important time of year.

"We just learned that we need to put others before ourselves, especially in these hard times. The  hurricane has effected so many families and we're just so thankful we get the opportunity to help them out," Georgalos said.





 

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