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8-year-old Rochester boy raising money for Australia wildfire relief through baking

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Henry Elias, a Rochester boy who has spent a good chunk of his life in Australia, has decided to join the fight to help the animals affected by the horrific wildfires for the last eight months.

His parents were born in Australia and he still has family down under. When family members there told him how bad the fires were, he knew he had to take action.

"My family in Australia told me that the fires were really bad and I just wanted to help out the animals that were getting hurt," he said. "It's just sad to hear that a lot of the animals are being hurt by the fires."

His gofundme page had a goal of $50 raised initially, and has donations of more than $400. That money is pledge to help care for animals injured in the fires, and get food to those who haven't been rescued yet.

In addition to the online campaign, Elias has both cookies and chocolate lollipops for sale. You can get either in the shape of a koala or a kangaroo. He makes all treats with his mother Anna and sister. His mom told KTTC, "It's been great fun. He's taken the lead a lot of the time so I get to do the oven stuff while he likes to do the fun stuff like crack the egg and work the mixer. And everybody likes to eat the dough out of the bottom of the bowl."

Henry's GoFundMe page can be found here and if you are around Soccer World in Rochester on Saturday, Feb. 22, his treat stand will be there with goodies for $1 each.

Zach Fuller

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