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State Honoree

Danielle Devlin

New Jersey

led a campaign to collect items and assemble 1,250 emergency medical kits for refugees from Kosovo. After watching the news about the tragedy in Kosovo on television, Danielle was compelled to do something to help people who were forced out of their homes and away from their families. She searched the Internet for a way to help, and found a Web site with information on how to construct emergency medical kits. After receiving permission from her school principal to start a campaign at school, Danielle designed and distributed more than 1,000 flyers, and created a display with maps and news articles to further explain the Kosovar situation. The donated items included candles, soap, bandages and antibiotic ointment. Danielle recruited assistance from her parents and four of her classmates to construct the drop-off boxes and assemble the kits. “I can only imagine what it must feel like to lose your home and all your possessions, leaving only with the clothes on your back,” said Danielle. “The Kosovars were not only separated from their country, but from their loved ones as well.”