Mercy Students Present Holocaust Survivor With Money From Fundraiser
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A story of survival and hope is what inspired three local students to start a fundraising campaign for a local Holocaust survivor.
Caroline, Alexandra and Katie are now freshmen at Mercy High School after graduating from Sienna Catholic Academy.
While at Sienna, through their involvement with the "Survivors in the Classroom" project for the Center for Holocaust Awareness and Information, they met Holocaust survivor Helen Levinson. They learned of her story of survival, determination and dream of one day being able to transfer her father's remains buried in Poland to Israel.
That's when the students started a fundraising campaign. Friday, they were back at Sienna to present a check to Levinson for $1,311.
"All I did was cry. I just didn't find words to thank them enough and to... they are unusual... unusually fantastic. I would also like it to be known in the papers; we always have negative things to say about young people, and they are fabulous and I would like everyone to know how wonderful these kids are," said Levinson.
Levinson says she is going to save the money in hopes of one day having enough to give her father a proper burial.