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Third graders surprise classmate who lost everything in a fire

October 9th, 2019

A group of third-graders from Philadelphia Elementary School showed everyone what it’s like to really be good friends.

Daniel Hunt lost everything in a house fire. As a student and as a kid, it would be devastating to lose everything from your clothes, appliances, your room, your house, and your toys. Still, this third-grader from Philadelphia Elementary School is still able to attend his classes and smile for everyone.

This is the reason why Daniel’s teachers came up with a brilliant idea!

They started to plan a secret toy drive and from there, they were able to tell Hunt’s classmates in detail how they were planning to do the secret project. All the children were really excited to participate in this drive.

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It’s like a secret mission for the children to be able to sneak in toys for a week but they have to keep it a secret to Daniel. Each one had their own brilliant ways to hide their toys.

“The kids could not wait to do this for Daniel,”said Philadelphia Elementary School counselor Kelly Jones to TODAY Parents. “It was amazing to witness the excitement these third-grade kids had while sneaking in toys.

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For one week, these children brought toys for Daniel, and they were so excited for Friday! This would be the chosen day of the reveal of their awesome surprise for their classmate.

Can you imagine how great these kids are in containing their excitement and not spill out any clues?

Early Friday, all of Daniel’s classmates were early to make sure that they have enough time to get ready for the surprise. As soon as Daniel entered the classroom, all of them yelled, “Surprise!”

For a few seconds, Daniel was stunned!

Then we’d see a glimpse of that beautiful smile of his as he looked at his new set of toys.

“I love it! Everyone come here,” said Hunt, his arms wide open and soon, they are all in this big group hug!

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“I love that because it shows Daniel’s big heart,” Kelly said as he appreciates Daniel’s reaction towards their surprise.

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“When he saw what his class did for him, he didn’t immediately start going through the toys — he wanted to give his classmates a hug for what they did for him,” she told her interviewer.

The look on his face says it all – he was more than excited with the toys, he was grateful.
It was definitely more than just the toys that were given to him – it was all about the thought and the love that these third graders have shown Daniel. It was an act of pure love from these children and their teachers.

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“I’m just so overwhelmed at all the love and the community coming together for us, it’s just very overwhelming and a blessing,” says Kristen Hunt, Daniel’s mother at WVLT.

Even if they are still facing some challenges because of the fire, the community and the people who love the Hunt family has never let them down.

“No one has ever become poor by giving.” ―Anne Frank

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Source: Today, WVLT, Philadelphia Elementary School

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