Military children help hurricane victims

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Sam Lindblom, 11, of Camp Zama, Japan, shows off the cash he earned for Hurricane Sandy victims by cutting his hair. He is flanked Mikayla Adams, 11, and Jaydeh Bellassai, 10, of Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan, who bid the highest to cut of his rat tail.
Sam Lindblom, 11, of Camp Zama, Japan, shows off the cash he earned for Hurricane Sandy victims by cutting his hair. He is flanked Mikayla Adams, 11, and Jaydeh Bellassai, 10, of Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan, who bid the highest to cut of his rat tail.

Military children help hurricane victims

by: Theresa Davis | .
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published: December 13, 2012

The holidays can be a rough time for many people, but for the Hurricane Sandy victims, this Christmas could be a little tougher. However, with the compassion of three military children stationed with their families in Japan, some Sandy victims might find some relief this holiday season.

Eleven-year-old Sam Lindblom, son of a soldier stationed at Camp Zama, decided in June that he wanted to grow out a “rat tail” with his hair. A family friend said that he would pay Sam to cut it off. This is where the idea came from that if a family friend was willing to pay to cut it, maybe he could auction off the cutting of his hair to raise money for the Sandy victims.

Sam’s mother placed a post on a community Facebook site explaining what Sam was doing and proceeded to start the auction at $15. Several bids trickled in over the next few days and then Sam’s mom decided to put a twist on the auction. She posted that she would be willing to match the highest bidder.

Unknown to her, there were two little girls, daughters to a sailor stationed on Naval Air Facility Atsugi, that heard of the story from their mother and decided they wanted to be a part of something so extraordinary. The girls, Mikayla Adams, 11 and Jaydeh Bellassai, 10, told their mother that they each wanted to give up one month of their allowance, which combined would beat the highest current bid.

The girls’ parents were so proud that they told the girls they would match their bid. A total of $100 was bid that evening, but it was also stated that even if they lost the bid, they would still donate the money. This started a spiral of donations.

All of the previous people who had bid decided to donate as well. $200 was raised and with the match from Sam’s mother, a total of $400 will be given to the Sandy victims this Christmas. Sam and his mother drove to Atsugi on a Saturday evening to collect the highest bid and allow the girls to cut Sam’s hair.

The children shared a moment that would ultimately make Christmas a little easier for some people this year. There is still a lot of good in the world and it is nice to know that children still carry that spirit to help others in need.
 

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