The girls bringing the money tot he Red Cross (credit: CBS)

The girls bringing the money to the Red Cross (credit: CBS)

DENVER (CBS4) – A trio of fifth graders at a Denver school had a small idea to help flood victims — and it paid off in a really big way after they raised more than 10 times their original goal.

Nearly $1,200 was raised in one week by Remi, Brooklyn and Andi at Denver Christian School’s Van Dellen Campus.

With the help of their teacher, Lisa Lohmann, the girls made a video and sent it to every classroom.

“This project is called ‘Dimes for Disasters,’ ” the girls said in the video.

“They had a plan that they wanted to make cups to put in every room,” Lohmann said.

“All the money will be donated to the Red Cross,” the girls said in the video.

After a week of campaigning and collecting, the girls brought the money to Young Americans Bank and started counting. They then realized they’d raised far more than they thought.

“We were talking about how much money we were going ot raise and she’s like, ‘We have to get at least $50, $49 is the lowest ill settle for,’ ” Andi Niederloh said.

CBS4 was more than happy to present their efforts to the American Red Cross.

“This was starting with the kids and run by the kids,” Lohmann said.

Teachers call the effort an important learning lesson, but for the young fundraisers it was all about helping out those in need.

“We just hope all this money will really help the flood victims,” Niederloh said.

Before leaving Young Americans Bank the girls were asked to join the organization’s young entrepreneurial competition this December.

Colorado Floods: How To Help

The recent floods are impacting families and communities throughout Colorado, so CBS4 has compiled a list of ways you can support the local communities impacted by the floods.


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