By SCOTT PESZNECKER
Children throughout Calaveras County contributed more than $700 for the relief effort in Afghanistan, the Calaveras County Sheriffs Department announced this week.
Students gave money to their elementary school teachers, who relayed it to the Sheriffs Department. Crime prevention officer Kathy Maxwell said the money arrived in nickels, dimes and pennies, sealed inside plastic bags.
All the loose change totaled $726.73.
Im totally shocked, Maxwell said. I thought maybe wed get 50 dollars. If every kid donated a dollar, thats 750 kids in our county that did it. There are probably kids in our county who cant afford a dollar.
Calaveras County Sheriff Dennis Downum mailed a check to President George Bush, along with a signed letter praising the childrens efforts.
After washing dishes and cars, mowing lawns and cleaning their rooms the children of Calaveras County were able to earn and are proud to present you with a check in the amount of $726.73, the letter read.
The Sheriffs Department put out a notice for children to donate money in late October. The request followed a presidential speech, when Bush asked children across America to each send $1 to Afghanistan.
Maxwell said that other children in the county probably mailed money to Afghanistan through other programs, too.
It was very surprising to see the kids do this, but very rewarding to see that they have such heart.