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Fundraiser for Fire Victims

Updated: Thursday, April 4 2013, 08:45 AM EDT
COLUMBUS -- A Columbus elementary school student is using her Spring Break to try and make a difference.

Dilcia Gonzales, 8, has been raising money for a classmate at John Burroughs Elementary who lost her home in a fire on Sunday.

“My teacher called us and she told us about the fire,” Dilcia said. “When I heard, I felt a little bit sad inside. My real goal is to get her a new place to live and some new toys and clothes.”

Gonazles and her family have gone door-to-door in their Hilltop neighborhood, requesting donations.

“When I was a kid, my house burned down. That’s something I’ll never forget,” Diclia’s mom, Jennifer Gonzales, said. “You have to start off fresh and new.”

The Gonzales family hasn’t been able to find where Dilcia’s classmate is now staying with family.

They’ve started making donation boxes to put at nearby businesses and churches.

“We want to help any way we can,” Jennifer said.

Investigators believe the fire began on the front porch of 631 S. Burgess Avenue, and spread to neighboring units.

No one was injured and a cause hasn’t been found, according to fire officials.

Dilcia hopes to surprise her classmate with the donations when classes resume, Monday April 8th.

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Reporter: Mike McCarthy
Web Producer: Kellie HannaFundraiser for Fire Victims


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