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Aiken Kids Cash in Big Bucks to Help Moore Tornado Victims

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When storms ripped through Moore, Oklahoma, students in Aiken County were watching.  Now, they're opening their hearts and their wallets to help the heartland.

One of the hardest direct hits was a primary school; that hit home for students at Pinecrest in Aiken.

Pinecrest students receive "bucks," much like monopoly money, for good behavior; they then spend those bucks at the school store.

But, some elementary students decided they wanted to spend their bucks to help Moore.

Students say they were sad for the children in Moore.

"I want to have Oklahoma feel better, I don't want them to feel sad like they have no home," says elementary schooler Damien Seeman.

So they decided to step up.

"I felt they need something to get their mind off what happened during school, and something they could have and play with while they were going through hard times," says student Charles Johnson.

They say if it happened to them, it would make them feel better.

"If it happened to me and people sent stuff to me I'd feel so happy," says Damien.

The students used their bucks to buy books, games, and supplies.  Those items will be shipped across the country to help children affected by the tornado.

All in, the students spent nearly 5,000 bucks.

Along with shipping supplies, they're also sending a message.

"People are willing to help them and there's no last chance, there's still hope for them," says Shavoneeya Curry.

"There's still hope for them and they've got more coming to them than they think they have," Marlon Ashley adds.

But, the students hope the CSRA will match their "money" with real cold hard cash. 

You can give through the Red Cross of Aiken and specify that you want your donation to go to the disaster relief school challenge.

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