Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Youngster Starts Penny Drive for Patients.

Byline: Jennifer Archibeque Journal Staff Writer

* First-grader enlists community support to buy stuffed animals and books for kids at UNM Children's Hospital

Someone else's loose change is always a first-grader's treasure.

But while many children collect loose pennies and horde them in containers under their beds in anticipation of a visit to the candy store, San Antonito Elementary School first-grader Amanda Kleist is calling on her school friends and community members to give them up to help hospitalized children.

In January, Amanda spent three days in the hospital herself because of an infection.

"My heart was speeding big time, I was scared. …

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