Mount St. Mary junior sending 135 joey pouches to Australia following fires

Kenmore

KENMORE, N.Y. (WIVB) — Junior at Mount St. Mary Academy, Emma Candella, is sending 135 joey pouches to Australia to aid the animals following the recent fires in the country.

“I just love animals, and I wanted to find a way I could help with something tangible,” Candella said.

She found out joey pouches were in great need in Australia. The pouches can help about seven difference baby animals, that have lost their parents.

“It’s comforting to the animals in need because they grow up in a pouch or on their mother’s back for koala’s and joeys, so it’s comforting to them,” she said. “It’s something they need to grow up. And if they lose their parents, they don’t have that, so this simulates that.”

Candella spent about 200 hours working on the pouches. She made 115 of them over two weeks, and mailed them to Relief Crafters of America, who will send them to the animals in need.

But the school came together to help as well. Teachers donated old bed sheets as fabric for the pouches, and a group of students from the school’s STEAM classes joined Emma to make an additional 20 pouches.

“I think anytime a student comes with a great idea… you want to listen,” Katherine Spillman said, the school’s principal.

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