'Because they're our friends': McKinley Elementary class talks about viral 'get well' card to koalas

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MARION, Ohio — In the darkest of places the tiniest of light shines through.

In Mrs. Bell's first grade class at McKinley Elementary, the tiniest of lights come from the biggest of hearts.

"It's amazing how one thing, one tiny act of kindness has just rippled," Bell said.

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It started with Lewis. Lewis was the koala in Australia back in November that was rescued from wildfires thanks to a woman and the shirt off her back. When Mrs. Bell saw those images, it pulled a heart string and she says she had to tell her students.

2020年欧洲杯预测"And then they said we need to do something," she said.

But what? Australia is 10,000 miles away. How can a bunch of 6 and 7-year-olds make a difference?

2020年欧洲杯预测Wrong question.

2020年欧洲杯预测"I said, well, what do you do when someone goes to the hospital?" Bell said. "And, they said, ‘You make a get well card.’"

Dougie, Coltin and Finley are classmates.

2020年欧洲杯预测"I felt really sad," Dougie said.

"I felt ginormously sad," Coltin said.

2020年欧洲杯预测They couldn't sit back and do nothing, knowing koalas were hurting, dying and losing their homes.

2020年欧洲杯预测"Because they're our friends and they're like our pets," Dougie said.

2020年欧洲杯预测So, they got together and took a couple days to craft the perfect “get well” card.

2020年欧洲杯预测"We sent it to them for the koalas so they could be happy," Coltin said.

"It's awesome as a teacher because you just get them started and they take off," Bell said.

Early January, the card was sent to Port Macquarie, which is a koala hospital. Then, two days ago, much earlier than anticipated, Mrs. Bell looked on its Facebook page and saw a familiar sight.

"And, so already there were thousands of shares and thousands of likes and it was amazing," she said.

As of Friday, the post had been shared about 6,500 times and had been liked more than 20,000 times.

A little light shining brightly around the world, all because a first-grade class wanted to help.

"Every place in the world has something in their hearts they like," Coltin said.

Reminding us all the tiniest of lights come from the biggest of hearts.

"That's true," Bell said. "That's very true and this is a perfect example of that."

The first-grade class also hosted a fundraiser throughout the school this week. Bell says they've raised about $300. All money raised will be sent to Port Macquarie.