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12-Year-Old Reaches Out To Sandy Victims

Updated: Wednesday, January 16 2013, 08:29 PM EST

The worst of times often bring out the best in people. A local relief effort to help victims of superstorm Sandy is fueled partly by inspiring generosity.

"It was just awful, I was torn apart by how terrible it was."

12-year-old Taylor Hedden says the moment she saw the destruction caused by Superstorm Sandy she had to help. So she gathered her own toys, including a prized "Build A Bear" stuffed animal.

She then launched a drive at West Asheville Baptist which led to hundreds more donations to "Hearts With Hands," which will give those toys to young victims

"Giving others, even if it's something they already had, it can change a life," said Hedden, who's now a student at Flat Rock Middle.

"Hearts With Hands" says Hedden and another young girl, Kendall Hillson of Simpsonville, will receive a letter of thanks from New Jersey First Lady Mary Pat Christie. Hillson also organized a toy drive that led to a few hundred donations from folks in the upstate.

Christopher Plummer of "Hearts With Hands" hopes the actions of both girls inspire more kids to make a difference.

"Awful good example of young people stepping up to the plate," Plummer says.

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12-Year-Old Reaches Out To Sandy Victims

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