Elementary school raises money for Leslie County toddler in the hospital

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STINNETT, Ky. (WYMT) - A little girl in Leslie County continues improving after she was put in the hospital from flu complications. Many in the community began fundraising for the family after they heard about 20-month-year old Kailyn Lowe went to the hospital with flu complications.

Little ones traded their school clothes for pajamas and pigtails at Stinnett Elementary School Friday for fundraising.

"I wanted to help baby Kailyn be strong," said first-grader Kei Stubbs.

After hearing about the struggles Kailyn faces, students and teachers wanted to show their support.

"When we see her on facebook she has her little pigtails and her little pajamas and gowns," said Stinnett Elementary School Principal Teresa Wilder.

Teachers thought wearing some of Kailyn's favorite things was a fitting tribute.

"I really hate the thought of people being sick even though I may not know them, especially little kids," said seventh-grader Madalyn Whitehead.

Students donated a dollar or more for Kailyn and her family.

"We know they are going through a very difficult time in their life and, you know, it's much better if you've got people standing behind you," said Wilder.

School workers told WYMT they raised more than $600 on Friday. As Kailyn improves, she will be moved to the Cincinnati Children's Hospital.

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