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Yakima Catholic schools donate to White Swan families

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Catholic schools in Yakima teamed up this week to raise money for the victims of the White Swan fire.

Students carried more than 20 bags full of donated items including canned food and hygiene products and loaded them into a vehicle at St. Paul Cathedral School Wednesday afternoon.

Judy Davis, Principal for St. Paul Cathedral School, says after hearing about the devastating fire on the news, the school immediately looked into ways they could earn money to help the families. "So we chose to play basketball with faculty, friends and families," explained Davis. "People came in and gave donations of money or brought donated items."

Parents and staff from St. Joseph-Marquette Catholic School and St. Paul Cathedral School held a benefit basketball game Tuesday night. Students with the La Salle High School band provided music entertainment at the event. The fundraiser brought in more than $1,600 for the families.

"In addition to a car full of donations, they're going down to St. Mary's Church in Harrah to be distributed to families of that parish," said Gregg Pleger, Principal for St. Joseph-Marquette Catholic School.