GOOD NEWS: Doppler Dave introduces 4th grader who stepped in to help people of Ukraine

Published: Mar. 31, 2022 at 9:21 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 31, 2022 at 10:26 PM CDT
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AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) - Kindness has the tendency to be contagious and has a very positive influence on those who step in to help others.

A local elementary student’s efforts to bless others has made quite an impact.

Since the Russian invasion support for Ukrainian victims and refugees has been growing aid is now streaming in from many sources, which now includes fourth grader Arielle Telles, from Oakdale Elementary.

She shares her compassion for those suffering from the disruption of war.

“Well, just a lot of people in Ukraine have lost everything. So I wanted to donate money, so that they can get their basic needs,” said Arielle.

After voicing her desire to step in and help the people of Ukraine her parents were very supportive and very touched.

“Pretty emotional. Kinda the first time talking to her, she was letting us know, she got me a little emotional, just seeing how big of a heart she had. And just our care for other people who know what’s going on and wanting to do a good deed for everybody else, not just herself,” said Rocky Telles, Supports Daughter’s Compassionate Efforts.

So Arielle decided to host a lemonade stand and snack scale at school with all the proceeds going to a local Ukrainian support group.

“So it started out, my daughter she has a big heart. She saw what was going on with Ukraine and wanted to come up with something to go ahead and help the people that have pretty much lost everything and their homes. So when I did talk to her counselor and decided to come up with a fundraiser, and then they went ahead and did a collaboration with Ukraine Kind House Baker,” said Rocky.

Arielle’s idea quickly took off and others at the school jumped on board to help.

“We have a kindness group. And what they get to do they get to give back, they give give back to the community and give back to their school. Arielle is one of the members and she decided that this is something she wanted to do,” said Melissa Wilson, Oak Dale Elementary Counselor.

Word of the plan got around and an amazing expression of support was received even before the actual event.

“It just grew by telling a lot of people and they donated a whole bunch of money,” said Arielle.

“Little did we know, her goal was $1,000 and she had raised almost $1,000 Before today, even before the first day before the lemonade,” said Melissa.

Arielle’s loving efforts have had a positive impact at her school.

‘Whenever they see how it feels in their heart to spread kindness. It makes them want to spread kindness and we know what we focus on we get more up so it’s been exciting,” said Melissa.

Along with the monetary aid, Arielle sends this message to those struggling in the Ukraine.

“Stay strong and know that things will be okay,” said Arielle.

You know the money raised by this event was measured in dollars and cents.

But I would think for people in Ukraine know that grade school children in America are pitching in to help and raise money for their cause.

That’s a priceless treasure.

This is Arielle. You will fall in love with her big heart in my Good News story tonight.

Posted by Doppler Dave Oliver KFDA on Thursday, March 31, 2022

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