Hutchinson kindergartner sends hope and help to East Coast

7:50 PM, Nov 5, 2012   |    comments
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HUTCHINSON, Minn. -- Addison Joseph Landers, or AJ, as he likes to be called, loves to read. He has a handful of new books. But these aren't for him.

"(These are) to the people who do not have anything," AJ proudly declared.

The kindergartner is sending several books and blankets to the East Coast after watching news coverage of Superstorm Sandy.

"They were talking about Sandy and all the people without power and lights and evacuating," Amy Bauman, AJ's mother, said.

The five-year-old looked up at his mom and said he wanted to help.

"I said if there is a tornado (here) they would do the same thing," AJ, recalled.

He got busy shopping for books, crayons and fabric for tie blankets.
He has enough for one big box to send to the Red Cross. But what he really wants to send is hope. He put it all in a letter to survivors writing, "I was sad when I heard about Sandy. I wanted to help."

His family said it may not seem like much but like they've taught AJ sometimes a little goes a long way.

"Hopefully the little bit that people help...hopefully they can start their lives over again," Bobby Bauman, AJ's stepfather, said.

As survivors pick up the pieces AJ wants them to know help is on the way.

"I hope these blankets make them warm," he said.

There a several ways you can help survivors of Superstorm Sandy.You can make a $10 donation to the Red Cross simply by texting "REDCROSS" to 90999.

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