BOSTON (WHDH) - In East Boston, The Donald McKay School has a lot of heart. And one student in particular is going above and beyond to help those in need.

Rachel Feliz is a student with a vision.

When Ecuador was rocked by earthquakes in April, Rachel wanted to do something.

“In Ecuador they had a lot of earthquakes and I thought that was pretty bad,” said Rachel. “I wanted to help them, cause I’ve seen pictures of kids getting stuck under buildings or kids being hurt.”

Rachel and her friends drew up posters and collected clothes, and they sent them to earthquake survivors with the help of the Red Cross.

“She came to me with, not only the ideas,” said teacher Niki Pietrantonio, “but all of the plans, she had everything written out. And she did it over vacation, which just amazed me.”

Rachel also collected money, by asking students to ‘dress down’ at school where uniforms are the norm, kids showed up in clothing from their family’s countries.

“A lot of people wanted to join and do it, so we got a lot of money for it,” said Rachel. “A lot of countries were represented.”

Even though she has no family or friends in Ecuador, Rachel showed kindness in a time of need, something that her friends in East Boston know all about.

“She’s really caring,” said friend Marianna Tamayo, “She’s always been there for me, and she’s a great friend.”


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