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PGCPS 6th grader collects water for hurricane victims in Puerto Rico

PGCPS 6th grader collects water for hurricane victims in Puerto Rico (ABC7)

Instead of gifts for her birthday this year, 12-year-old Dashai Morton asked for something a bit different.

“She wanted nothing else. Nothing else. No party, no nothing. This is what she wanted,” Tanya Morton, Dashai’s Grandmother, said, pointing to a huge stack of bottled water.

The North Forestville Elementary School sixth grader kicked off Project Give Back 500, specifically trying to drum up 500 cases of water for the people in Puerto Rico.

“I had a lot of people who helped me help people in Puerto Rico,” Dashai said.

“One of the things that we tell the students here at North Forestville is that one person can make a difference and we see that in her,” said Debra Evans, assistant principal at the school.

After just two weeks, Dashai has already surpassed her goal.

“It makes me happy because I can help other people who don’t have what I have,” she said.

With the help of her family and school, the word is spreading and donations continue to pour in.

“It just took on a life of its own,” Evans said.

They’ll continue collecting cases of water and canned goods at the school through the end of the month.

“She’s not finished, she’ll take more because there’s a whole lot of people out there still in need,” Morton said.

The school says they are in talks with the Red Cross to come up with a plan to transport the donations to Puerto Rico.

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