Two girls to continue efforts to raise funds for wildfire relief

The two Seymour-Redding Elementary School students raising funds for the people who suffered losses in the recent fires in the Gatlinburg, Tennessee, area, will have a booth setup from 8  to 11 p.m. today and 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at American Legion Post 89, 402 W. Second St.

Daelyn Freese, 6, and her sister, Lariah Neal, 11, are selling raffle tickets for the two Hatchimal toys they were going to receive as gifts for their recent birthdays.

Hatchimals are the latest trend and have been a huge hit this holiday season. Starting out as an egg, a Hatchimal requires tender loving care before it can grow and be able to hatch out of its own egg and into the real world.

“The girls saw the fires in Tennessee on the TV and wanted to help,” said Kim Steltenpohl, the girls’ grandmother. “They were afraid some of the kids there wouldn’t have anything for Christmas.”

Steltenpohl said her family frequently vacations in Pigeon Forge and around Gatlinburg, and it was heartbreaking to see the devastation there, and the girls wanted to help.