ATTICA, NY - When 7-year-old Calista Light passed by a burned out, boarded up house repeatedly on her ride to school, she knew she had to do something to help.
Then she heard of yet another area family who lost everything in a fire right before the holidays, so Calista put her plan in motion.
For two weeks, Calista rounded up a couple of friends, and they stood in the main hallway at Prospect Elementary to collect spare change in a plastic bucket.
When word spread about her efforts, more kids donated and larger contributions started pouring in.
"One little boy brought in an envelope and said this is for the broken houses," said Kelly Bissell, principal at Prospect.
"We had one boy, I was told by his mom, he is bringing in his Tooth Fairy money to contribute because they need it more than he does," said Laura Steves, Calista's mother.
Calista raised $320 that will be added to the $400 teachers raised for a dress down day fundraiser. The total will be divided between the two families.
"They can buy new clothes, new furniture, and maybe even a new house," said Calista.
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