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Pascagoula students help raise thousands to help NY firefighters

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PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) -

Some New York firefighters who were victims of Hurricane Sandy will soon be getting a Christmas surprise in the mail from students in the Pascagoula School District.

After Sandy, students and staff, along with the Jackson County Civic Action Committee sprang into action to help firefighters in New York. The folks here are very familiar with NY team. Those firefighters have brought truck loads of toys and gifts to children in Jackson County year after the year after Hurricane Katrina hit the coast. 

"I personally volunteered at the toy giveaway that was sponsored by firefighters after Hurricane Katrina, and I have seen many of our students come through the line to receive toys," Central Elementary Principal Dr. Caterrie Payton said. 

Now, it's their turn to show that giving spirit.  

"We sent out flyers and at first it was kind of slow," Head Start Teacher Janet Spears said. "Whenever they brought in money, we allowed the children to put the money in the canister because it was a connection for them." 

Markel Williams emptied his piggy bank for this good cause. 

"I gave $25 because I wanted to support. I was relieved because I was giving back to the people who gave to us," Williams said. 

His classmate, Hallie Woods, also donated and learned a valuable lesson on selfless giving while doing it. 

"It is important to give because when they give, you have to respect them and give back to them," Woods said. 

The Jackson County Civic Action Committee and the Pascagoula School District collected more than $20,000, and the money will arrive to New York just in time for Christmas.  

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