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Vernon High School Students Wear Camo for Andrea

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A small school with a very large heart is sending a message of love and support to one of its own more than 100 miles away.

Andrea Wright, a freshman at Vernon High School, is recovering at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola after losing her lower right leg in a hunting accident.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, 16-year old teenager was getting on a four-wheeler Sunday morning when her shotgun accidentally discharged, striking her in the leg.

Since the accident, there has been an outpouring of support for Andrea.

"We're a small community and small town, but when somebody does need our help, we're going to come together as one," said Jaclyn Coatney.

"It melts my heart that such a small town can put the differences aside and support her, what she needs the most," said Danielle Baxley.

On Wednesday morning, alone, students raised more than $500 for their classmate all through a simple gesture.

One by one, students wearing camouflage piled into the gymnasium. No one passed by the donation box at the entrance without dropping some money in. Together, they formed a large heart and snapped a picture to send to Andrea.

Principal Brian Riviere said it's heart warming to see his students so eager to help another.

"Camouflage is worn to blend and not be noticed, but you're dealing with the polar opposite, through the ribbon sales or just what the kids are wearing. It does send a mass message that, this little ninth grader that some of them may not have known directly, they still want to support and help."

Vernon High School's basketball team is also donating proceeds from gate and concession sales against Walton High School on January 31st.

The high school's ROTC Members will also donate proceeds from it's upcoming fundraiser to the family.

The Vernon Fire Department is holding a car wash and selling hamburger and hotdogs on February first. It starts at 10:00 a.m at the old Tom Thumb parking lot in downtown Vernon.

You can also donate money to Andrea and her family through Vernon High School or online through a CauseDrive fundraising page.

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