Wanted Hurricane Sandy victims ‘to feel protected’
To help victims of Hurricane Sandy, Sam Kernahan, 9, of Lake Forest donated stuffed animals, clothing and money he collected from family and friends. | Special to Sun-Times Media
HOMETOWN: Lake Forest
WORDS TO LIVE BY: “I wanted the Hurricane Sandy victims to feel protected, too.”
Updated: December 31, 2012 9:40AM
LAKE FOREST — Sam Kernahan, 9, of Lake Forest took the initiative and raised money for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. He also sent a collection of stuffed animals to comfort children affected by the storm. Kernahan is a 4th grader at Cherokee Elementary School.
Q. When did you first hear about Hurricane Sandy?
A. I was eating dinner with my mom and dad and we had the news on. My dad was talking about what happened. He said it was like a giant tornado. The hurricane took out all their power, their houses and everything.
Q. How did that make you feel?
A. I was sad and a little scared that it could happen here. I realize, now, it couldn’t, but it still made me sad.
Q. Did you talk about Hurricane Sandy at school?
A. My helping teacher talked about it and how people lost their homes. Then I thought the kids who live there probably were really scared. Losing your house and everything in it is a really scary thing.
Q. How did you come up with the idea of sending stuffed animals to the children affected by Hurricane Sandy?
A. Since the kids there probably didn’t have much left, have many supplies, I thought they could use something. I thought they’d be so happy to have a new stuffed animal to play around with.
Q. What did you decide to do?
A. I went through all of my stuffed animals upstairs. I didn’t need them. I also found some extra clothes that were too small for me. On Thanksgiving Day, we covered a box with wrapping paper and cut a hole in the top and I collected money to send to Hurricane Sandy victims. The next day we took the money to a police station that was collecting for the Hurricane Sandy victims. We sent the clothes and stuffed animals out East ourselves.
Q. How do you think your efforts made a difference?
A. Sometimes when I’m sleeping and I feel like there’s something in the dark, having a stuffed animal makes me feel like it’s protecting me. I wanted the Hurricane Sandy victims to feel protected, too.