Houstonians sending money and toys for Sandy Hook families
Houstonians have been trying to figure out how they can help the families of last week’s Connecticut shooting victims. And some have found a very special way to do just that
Cardiff Junior High teacher Kristen Polakow was a friend of Vicki Soto, who died in Friday's attack. She's been collecting money at the school and told Matt Patrick how the money will be used to help the victims.
“Half of the money will be going to the Memorial Education fund set up in Vicki’s name, and the other half will be going to the Sandy Hook school,” Polakow said.
She tells KTRH that the response has been terrific.
“We’ve been able to raise a few thousand dollars. It’s been an amazing response,” Polakow said.
The outpouring of support has Polakow feeling good about what she’s doing.
“Everyone around the country feels like they want to help, but they fell so far from the situation,” Polakow explained. “I’m really amazed at the outpouring of support.”
And then there's 7th grader Lauren Czarlinsky of The Emery Weiner school. She started a stuffed animal drive on Monday which she told Houston’s Morning News has gotten a great response.
“We’re positive it’s over 300 stuffed animals,” Czarlinsky said.
Czarlinsky explained to Matt Patrick why she started the drive.
“I realized that if this happened to me I would want someone to do something for me. I wanted to help out these kids, their siblings and best friends,” she said.
Southwest Airlines and the American Red Cross have teamed up with Czarlinsky to deliver the toys to Connecticut.
Hear the podcast with Matt Patrick and Houston's Morning News as he talks with Czarlinsky: