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Idaho fourth graders send special gift to Black Hills ranchers

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KOTA -- Amy and Philip Kruse came home after October's blizzard to find more than 118 of their cattle dead. But their spirits have been boosted after they received a special envelope in the mail from 4th graders in Idaho.

Last week Amy Kruse and her husband Phillip Kruse received an envelope.

"We were surprised to find this envelope in our mail with hand written cards and letters from school kids in Idaho," Amy Kruse said.

Amy is from Idaho, but she doesn't know anyone from the school.

"We were just shocked we couldn't figure out how they found us," she said.

The students are from Summit Elementary School in Wendell, Idaho.

"When we got this package there was an envelope with $85 in it," Kruse said.

The students raised $85 for the Kruse family, to lift their spirits after they lost 48 percent of their cattle in October's storm.

"From the mailbox all the way up our drive way, our drive way is a mile long, there were dead cows all the way to the house," Philip Kruse said. "There were six cows in the house, in our game room, at least they were alive."

And as the Kruse family continues to recover from their losses, they reflect on the great gift they received.

"Eighty five dollars doesn't go very far but that was 85 dollar bills that those kids had to raise, one way or another, so we know it was a big effort on their part," Amy said.

And the Kruse family is thankful.

"There are people who lost more than us, and yet they chose us so we are very thankful and happy that they did that for us," Amy said.

Kruse said she is trying to get in contact with the teacher of the class so she can personally thank them.

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