Boy, 9, Sells His Toys to Raise $2.85 for Gabrielle Giffords

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Isaac Saldana, 9, sold his stuff to raise money for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Credit: Aracely Saldana

In the wake of the Arizona shooting rampage that killed six people and wounded 13, many have wondered what they can do to help the survivors and families of the victims.

But in a lesson to us all, one little boy has turned his thoughts into action.

Nine-year-old Isaac Saldana of Tucson, Ariz., was so upset by the shootings in his hometown that he felt he had to do something, the Huffington Post reports.

"Me and my brother were about to go walk the dog when we saw them saying on TV that a little girl and Gabrielle Giffords got shot," he tells the website. "I just thought, whoa! I didn't know that people carry around guns here in Tucson. It scared me a little."

Isaac tells the Huffington Post he decided the best way for him to help would be to raise money for the U.S. representative. So, he gathered up some of his toys, along with a bracelet his dad, a U.S. Marine, had brought him after one of his deployments, and took them to school to sell to his classmates.

"I felt really bad for her, so I started grabbing little toys and putting them in my backpack and selling them at school so I could raise money and put them in the card," Isaac tells Tucson's KVOA-TV.

By selling his prized positions, Isaac was able to raise $2.85, which he put into an envelope with a get-well card that he mailed to Giffords in her hospital room.

Isaac's mom, Aracely Saldana, tells the Huffington Post she had no idea what Isaac was up to until she received an e-mail from his teacher informing her that Isaac had gotten into trouble at school.

"... She just wanted to give me a heads-up that she caught him in class selling toys, so she took his backpack away later that day," Saldana tells the website. "I asked him what was going on and he told me the reason he was doing it was that he was trying to raise money to send to Gabrielle."

Saldana tells the Huffington Post she's proud of Isaac and was so touched by his act of kindness that it made her cry. And, after they learned about Isaac's motives, school officials made an exception, KVOA reports.

On the receiving end of Isaac's heartwarming deed were Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly. Kelly tells Tucson's KVOA that Isaac's gesture touched their hearts.

"I showed it to Gabby and in the back was his lunch money -- $2.85. We're going to get him his lunch money back," Kelly tells KVOA.

But Isaac tells the Huffington Post Giffords should keep the cash.

"I don't really want it back," he says. "I think she needs it."

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.