Tampa girl asks for donations to help Hurricane Matthew victims

Posted at 4:44 PM, Oct 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-14 16:44:46-04

Madeline Fox, 8, was in her third class a week ago when she learned in Social Studies what it means to be a good citizen today. 

In the lesson, a word, she can barely utter: civility.

The word is better known as the golden rule in Ms. Kristen Maduri's class.

"The golden rule is treating others the way you'd like to be treated," said Fox.

Within that lesson from the classroom at Carrollwood Elementary School, Fox learned about ways to volunteer and help others. 

"It's something you don't get paid for," the class exclaimed. 

The lesson fell on the week of Hurricane Matthew -- as the class was preparing for possible school closures in the Hillsborough County School District. 

"It was not purposefully planned," said Maduri, "we were going through what it means to be a good citizen, and Madeline was asking questions."

Fox took her curiosity home to her parents about the aftermath of what a hurricane can do.

Following the conversation, Fox went inside her bedroom where she made this flyer:

After Fox urged her family to help, they came up with a plan through crowd sourcing on a website called Razoo, similiar to a GoFundMe.

Fox decided she wanted the money raised to go directly to Direct Relief, an organization with a mission to help people in emergency situations with essentials things. 

Here is a link to the fundraiser effort: click here.