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Mount St. Mary Academy student sends 135 joey pouches to Australia

Emma Candella has spent the past two weeks making 115 joey pouches that will be sent to Australia to help aid the animals.
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Emma Candella has spent the past two weeks making 115 joey pouches that will be sent to Australia to help aid the animals.

KENMORE, N.Y. — A junior at Mount St. Mary Academy in Kenmore is making a difference for the animals affected by the bushfires in Australia

Emma Candella has spent the past two weeks making 115 joey pouches that will be sent to Australia to help aid the animals.

“Time flew by as I was making them,” Emma said in a released statement. “I just love animals, and I wanted to find a way I could help with something tangible.”

Candella called on her fellow classmates to help by donating fabric and their time to help cut fabric and prepping for assembly. Working as a team, they put together another 20 joey pouches. 

Candella says the joey pouches help simulate a marsupial mother’s pouch for young animals who were orphaned in the fires. The pouches can also be used for other animals in need. 

The pouches will be mailed on Tuesday to the Relief Crafters of America, who will then disseminate them. 

This project coincided with the school's Service and Justice week, which is a three-day experience where students learn about local, national and global injustices and needs. 

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