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Waterloo fifth graders make duct tape items to help cancer patient


Jalynn Gomez, Claire Anniss and Alexus Imbouathong are using duct tape to make and sell flower pens, coin purses, bags and hair bows.

"It takes a lot of time and patience," said 11-year-old Claire Anniss.

The girls are fifth graders at Orange Elementary in Waterloo.

They started duct tape projects in February to make money to give back to others in the community. All the money raised so far is going to seven-year-old Kylee Teisinger of Denver.

"She has Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia," said 11-year-old Alexus Imbouathong

Alexus' mom and Kylee's mom went to high school together, which is how the girls found out about Kylee and decided they wanted to help.

"We sold them at our school and now we're doing it at her school," said 10-year-old Jalynn Gomez.

Just from sales at Orange Elementary, the girls raised $1200 dollars for Kylee.

"Did you think it would take off like this? No," said the girls.

The girls are now taking orders from Denver School and meet at each other's houses to work on the project. They taught themselves how to make the stuff through books and the Internet.

Kylee's mom said she's very grateful for what Jalynn, Claire and Alexus are doing for her daughter.

"They thanked us so much and tears and Kylie's grandma gave me a hug," said Alexus Imbouathong.

The items sell for $1 to $3. The girls will keep making the items until they fill all the orders from Denver.

Kylee is undergoing chemotherapy treatments in Iowa City.

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