When 9-year-old Isaac Saldana heard about the shootings in his hometown of Tucson, he knew he had to do something about it.
"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. I just thought, whoa! I didn't know that people carry around guns here in Tucson. It scared me a little.
I felt really bad about Gabrielle being in the hospital and getting shot, so I just wanted to help her."
He gathered some of his toys from home, along with with a bracelet that his father bought him after one his deployments as a U.S. Marine and sold them at school to raise money for Giffords. He raised $2.85, put the money into an envelope with a get-well card and mailed it to the Senators' hospital room.
His mother, Aracely Saldana, said she had no idea about all of this!
"I didn't even know what was going on. I received an email from his teacher saying 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. 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.
For him to go out of his way risk getting in trouble to do a good thing — that was just awesome. I was crying. I am extremely proud of my children."
And she should be!
Giffords' husband Mark Kelly said that he planned to "get [Saldana] his lunch money back." But Isaac doesn't even want it!
"I don't really want it back," he said. "I think she needs it."
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