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5-Year-Old Raises Money For California's Fallen Firefighters

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A 5-year-old girl is raising money for the families of firefighters battling California's wildfires.

While Faye Segraves knew about the dangers and destruction of California's Thomas Fire, she was saddened to hear about the death of Escondido firefighter, Cory Iverson.

"It was a big fire. I saw video of it," Faye told CNN. "A daddy [in] the fire died."

The news hit home to Faye, as her father, Johnny, is a firefighter who is battling the flames in Ventura County. So when the youngster discovered that Iverson was a father, she decided she needed to help "people who lost their daddies in the fire."

Despite saving up for a My Little Pony, she used the $7 she had in her piggy bank to give other children extra presents for Christmas. When she told her mother, Kylee, she wanted to keep a jar outside their home to collect money, the pair thought of another idea to gather donations.

Faye started her own campaign for the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, which aims to support the families of deceased and injured firefighters. With her mom's help, her total grew to $112.

When officials with the organization were contacted to become the recipients of the fund, they said her fundraiser moved them to tears.

"This little girl, Faye Segraves, is nothing short of amazing! We are all in tears because of her heart warming spirit," foundation officials wrote in a Facebook post.

When people heard about her fund, they were quick to show their support. She surpassed her initial $1,000 goal, and as of Dec. 22, has raised more than $10,000.

But nobody could be more proud of Faye's efforts, than her mother. Kylee took to Facebook share her daughter's altruistic efforts.

Thank you all SO much for showing my daughter that she can have big goals and reach them, that at just 5 years old she...

Posted by Kylee Segraves on Tuesday, December 19, 2017

"She said it is more important for them to get toys to make them a little happier on Christmas," Kylee told PEOPLE. "Her daddy, my husband is currently fighting the Thomas fire and will likely miss Christmas this year. We are really proud of her huge heart and I wanted to share the sweet story."

Let us know what you think of Faye's fundraiser for the families of firefighters battling California's Thomas Fire!

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