Fuquay Varina Elementary Students Make “Happy Sacks” for Disaster Victims

Greater Albemarle Area Chapter CEO, Carolyn Self, recives the delivery of Happy Sacks for kids during disasters.

Greater Albemarle Area Chapter CEO, Carolyn Self, receives the delivery of Happy Sacks for kids during disasters.

Earlier this year, the Greater Albemarle Area Chapter of the American Red Cross received two large boxes filled with 30 “Happy Sacks”  put together by a group of elementary school students in Fuquay Varina, NC.

The Kid-A-Canes are a team of kids  from Ballentine Elementary School who are part of the First Lego League (FLL).  FLL is a program to get children excited about science and technology.  As part of the program, students must create an innovative solution to a problem.

For their team project, the Kid-A-Canes came up with the idea to provide Happy Sacks to kids in hurricane shelters or kids who experienced a disaster, to give them something to help them feel better during.  The team, being in a high-risk, hurricane prone area, decided to focus on natural disasters and how they would feel if something happened to them.  They used those thoughts to develop something that could be given to kids during times of disaster that would bring joy and comfort.

The Kid-A-Canes FLL Team - Harrison, Reagan, Ross, Hogan, Erin, Grace, Caroline & Whitney

The Kid-A-Canes FLL Team – Harrison, Reagan, Ross, Hogan, Erin, Grace, Caroline & Whitney

Each Happy Sack contains a stuffed animal, coloring books and colored pencils, games and an encouraging card from a student.  The items in the sacks were collected by kids for other kids in need.  All of the students at the school donated items and made cards.

The students attended a state competition in Greensboro where they presented their project.  Other FLL team members also made cards to share in the Happy Sacks while at the State competition.

The Red Cross would like to commend the Kid-A-Canes for the compassion and commitment to helping others in need.  The Happy Sacks will be a welcome addition to the disaster response and recovery program for the Red Cross.

 

 

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