Santee girl raises money to buy books for Newtown, Connecticut library

Kathryn Reichard donated copies of 'Tear Soup'

SANTEE, Calif. - A Santee girl who began raising money to buy books for the community of Newtown, Conn. has met her goal.

When 12-year-old Kathryn Reichard first opened the book "Tear Soup," she did not quite understand how large of a role it would play in her life.

Her mother Jennifer bought it for her to help them deal with the sudden death of her father, who was a Navy Corpsman.

Years later, Kathryn never imagined she would use it to help the community of Newtown, Conn. after the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting.

"I think my dad would be very proud," she said.

10News first introduced you to Kathryn last December when she came up with the idea to raise money to buy 100 copies of the book and donate them to the Newtown Library.

At the time, she only had $300 and needed $700. Weeks after her story aired on 10News, she did not just meet her goal, she exceeded it.

"I asked family and friends to help out," she said.

Now, she holds a letter from the librarian in Newtown, thanking her for her donation.

"'Thank you for thinking about us and our community at this time,'" she read.

Each of the books has a sticker personalized by Kathryn, reminding anyone who opens the book that in the end, everything will be OK.

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