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St. Pio’s students work with Take Away Hunger to feed 10,000 people in tornado-damaged areas of the south


CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) -Students at St. Pius in Cedar Rapids is helping tornado victims hundreds of miles away. They teamed up with Take Away Hunger to make a big difference.

Karly Gaul, a 5th grader at St. Pius, said: “So they probably have food just like us.

Students participated in a coin launch in the week before the event, where they raised nearly $2,600 to help with needed supplies. Stay away from hunger in Cedar Rapids help deliver food where there’s a great need, and right now they say it’s in the southern part that’s been devastated by the tornado.

“I am so proud to be a part of this great event,” said 5th grader Daniel Roche.

Students make cards to insert special messages into each box.

Joe OLeary told Take Away Hunger in Cedar Rapids: “I just think it’s pretty understandable that they’re going to get something from someone thousands of miles away saying they care and they want to help you know.

Navigating natural disasters is something the people of Cedar Rapids know all too well.

“When we all had derecho, you know you saw a lot of people coming together in Cedar Rapids but also people from other states and we all knew those disasters would be like and it’s great to know we can give back,” explains Ann Gaul, a 5th grade teacher at the school.

From Kindergarten to Grade 5, hundreds of St. Pius contributed the effort.

“It’s fun to carry these around and all ages can do this,” says 5th grader Lydia Beer.

“Our belief is in helping people, and I’m doing what we’ve always had to do,” says Roche.

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