Second-grader Thomas Walsh took a special interest in Hurricane Sandy. His former school in the Washington, D.C., area closed as a precaution when the storm approached.
The 8-year-old is in his second year at Fairview Elementary in Bellevue.
Although Sandy didn’t damage Thomas’ old school, “He was really touched that kids lost things” due to the storm, said his mother, Holly Walsh of Bellevue.
Thomas decided to help.
“It was just an idea he had all by himself,” she said. “He researched Hurricane Sandy,” made a poster and created a donation jar out of an empty milk jug with a red cross taped on it.
“He would stand with his board in front of the (school) office and take donations,” she said. He did this before and after school.
Last Wednesday, Thomas and his family delivered the donations.
“The total Thomas took to the Omaha chapter of the American Red Cross was $425.04,” said his mother.
“He proudly gave them the checks and answered their questions. They gave him a special Red Cross pin for his efforts,” she said.
Besides his mother, others in Thomas’ family include his dad, Air Force Lt. Col. Tom Walsh, and siblings 10-year-old Kaley and 5-year-old Patrick.
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