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Children Use Simple Method to Raise Money for Japan

HENDERSON, Nev. -- It's been more than a month since a 9.0 magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami that devastated Japan. Still, aftershocks continue to hinder rebuilding efforts, leaving families homeless with little hope.

Las Vegas elementary school students see the Japanese struggle and have thought of a refreshing way to send them relief. It's a simple idea that has snowballed: a group of friends opened a Kool-Aid stand. It's one of the most traditional fundraiser's out there, but these young kids feel it is their duty to do something.

"I felt really sorry and like, 'Oh, I really need to help that country,'" said Kobe Hollenbeck.

Armed with signs and spirit, the kids set up shop outside the Zappos headquarters in Henderson. Last Sunday, they raised $180 in two and a half hours. The company heard about their campaign and invited them to sell outside the building.

The kids urged everyone that passed by to donate what they can for Japan and get a cup of Kool-Aid.

One parent says from planning to getting supplies, the hard work is no match for their hearts.

"The power of an innocent heart and small donations from a Kool-Aid stand can mean something so much to people that have been devastated," said Tim Hollenbeck.

The elementary students go to the Coral Academy of Science and donated money from their first sale to their school's effort to help tsunami victims.

Parents and employees say they're flabbergasted that kids so young have compassion for a country they've never been to.


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