Hanover student inspired to help Hurricane Sandy victims

HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - A Hanover county teacher's heartfelt effort to collect school supplies for New Jersey kids affected by Hurricane Sandy, inspired one of her students to start a collection of her own.

The response was enormous as the community reached out to help.

The mission was simple, to collect as many boots and blankets as possible for those still struggling after Hurricane Sandy.

10-year-old Kathryn Godfrey said she was inspired by her teacher, Jennifer Post's effort to collect school supplies for victims in Stewartsville, New Jersey, so she started making calls, sending emails, and contacting different businesses for help. She wanted to start something on her own.

"I felt that they needed to be warm and safe there cause they don't really have their houses anymore. I thought they should at least have some warm clothes," said Godfrey.

She caught the attention of Delegate John Cox who also owns a trucking company.

"She wrote me an email wanting to know if I could furnish a truck to take up to New Jersey. And I was so inspired by this 10-year-old girl," said Cox.

"She's been inspired to do something beyond and that's what every teacher wants is to see where they can go beyond the lessons in the classroom," said Post.

Washington Henry Elementary collected nearly 2,000 school supplies.

Kathryn's fundraiser brought in truck-loads of clothing items. There's still time if you want to donate, just email Jkgodfrey3@gmail.com.

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