Third Graders Held a Surprise Toy Drive After Classmate's Family Lost Their House In A Fire

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Third Graders Held a Surprise Toy Drive After Classmate's Family Lost Their House In A Fire

 

Philadelphia Elementary School student Daniel Hunt’s family lost their home in a fire on September 21, and his classmates supported him by holding a toy drive for him, reports Ashley Boucher of celebrity and human interest news platform People. The toy drive made Daniel extremely delighted that he cried tears of joy. On Facebook, the elementary school wrote, “Last week, one of our Warriors, Daniel Hunt, lost all of his belongings in a house fire.”

According to the post, Daniel’s classmates and teachers started a secret toy drive to replace the toys he lost during the fire. The elementary school noted that Daniel was surprised and thankful for receiving the toys. Photos of the special moment were attached. In the photos, Daniel was depicted walking through the classroom door to a table with new toys displayed on it, as well as “a bucket full of them.”  His classmates stood together with their hands raised up to greet their friend. 

 

Photo Credit: Philadelphia Elementary School (via Facebook)

 

Philadelphia Elementary School counselor Kelly Jones says that Daniel— who she describes as one of the most positive, happy students she has ever seen— was rendered speechless for one minute after his classmates shouted “surprise,” as quoted by Kelly McCarthy of American news division ABC News. Then, Daniel said, “I love it! Come here,” spreading his arms wide to enclose them in a huge group hug. 

Jones remarks, “It was amazing to witness the excitement these third grade kids had while sneaking in toys. The entire week, they couldn’t love him enough.” After the students at the elementary school found out about the incident, they went above and beyond to bring joy to Daniel’s life. 

 

Photo Credit: Philadelphia Elementary School (via Facebook)

 

“People were holding doors for him, getting his pencil ready for him each morning, taking his chair down from the desk for him to sit in and swarming him at recess,” Jones observes. Daniel told his grandmother, Marsha Hunt, that the toy drive made him “happy crying” and “with joy in his stomach.” 

 

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