"My mind was blown:" Loudon Co. student gets shocking donation

PHILADELPHIA, Tenn. (WVLT) -- When an East Tennessee third-grader lost his items in a house fire, his classmates stepped up to make a difference in a tough time.

Source: Philadelphia Elementary School

According to Philadelphia Elementary School, one of their "Warriors," Daniel Hunt, lost all of his things in a house fire last week.

The school said on Facebook that "his 3rd grade teachers and classmates started a secret toy drive for him to replace the toys he lost."

"My mind is blown," said Daniel.

WVLT spoke with the boy and his mother, Kristen Hunt.

"I sat and cried at work for a good 45 minutes. I'm just so overwhelmed at all the love and the community coming together for us. It's just very overwhelming and a blessing," Kristen said.

On Sept. 27, the school said Daniel received all his toys and "he was so surprised and thankful!"

"This is certainly one of the #37846Reasons we love PES," the school said.

Kristen and Daniel are staying with family until they get back on their feet.

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