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Jan 23, 2011 10:17 PM by Jeannette Hynes

Community reaches out to fire victims

Samantha Anderson and four of her friends gave up their Sunday afternoon to help a fellow classmate in need.

"We're having a bake sale to support her and her family, ‘cause they have nothing so we really want to help them," explains Anderson.

Their friend, Amanda, lost everything when the house where she and 11 other people lived burned to the ground last Monday morning in Colorado Springs.

"Really, the first thing I thought was I want to do something to help," says Anderson.

These 13 and 14-year-old girls got out the markers to make posters and the mixers to make baked goodies, and they put their idea into motion with some help from their moms.

"She spent the last two nights just up baking away and she went through all her clothes," says Tonia McKinney, Anderson's mom, who found the place to have the bake sale.
Outside of the Walgreen's on Centennial and Vindicator it only took a few hours to raise more than 300 dollars, just one of the many fundraisers happening at churches, businesses, schools, and homes around Colorado Springs.

"I am very proud of her," beams McKinney. "All of these girls did a great job."

"This has just turned out better than anything I've ever done, so I'm happy," says Anderson. "My mom always says one person can make a difference and I didn't believe her till now."

The teens mentioned a "hat day" fundraiser at Holmes Middle School, where they attend, raised more than $3,000.

The girls also collected items for the families and took them to The Springs Vineyard, a church located near the fire that is organizing donations for the families.

People can also make a donation to the "Sabino Family Fund" at any Wells Fargo Branch.

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