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Seeing red: One student's quest to clothe the town in red

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On Fridays, we wear red.

You'll see many shirts with that saying on it in the small towns of Edgewood and Colesburg.

Those shirts, along with others that simply say R.E.D., are everywhere in those towns.

That's thanks to 5th grader Zoe Walz's effort to raise money to send care packages to her dad and his unit who are deployed to the Middle East for the next year.

R.E.D. stands for Remember Everyone Deployed, and is a national campaign that Zoe brought to Iowa.

So far, she's sold more than 650 shirts.

"I can honestly say I'm not entirely surprised, because that's what our communities do. They really rally behind and support each other," said Alicia Walz, Zoe's step-mom.

"It's exciting and spreading everywhere," Zoe said.

The experience has provided plenty of learning opportunities for Zoe and her family.

"I've been learning a lot of how to put it into the spreadsheet, ordering them, putting them into the computer, and stuff," Zoe said.

"I'm not sure there are words to explain how proud of her we are. She continues to want to do more, to learn more. To see her big heart and how much she cares and what she wants to do for our servicemembers, it's pretty awesome," Alicia said.

And while it's tough to deal with deployments, the family says this effort and the support they're feeling from the community makes it a little easier.

"Deployment is hard and it's scary and there's a lot of emotions centered around it. And we're lucky to live here and have all of these people willing to support us and be there for us for the year ahead," Alicia said.

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