NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) -- Don't let Rylie Wallace's petite frame fool you.
The North Kingstown 3rd Grader has a heart big enough to help children and families she never met, recover from super storm Sandy.
"It broke my heart," she says, thinking back to the destruction in her aunt's New Jersey town. "Really bad."
So, little Rylie came up with a big idea and asked her classmates at Hamilton Elementary to help her gather school supplies.
"I started with one basket," she says, sitting in front of enough stuff to fill a few shelves at your local store.
Rylie smiles as she turns and looks at the collection.
"Crayons, markers, pens, construction paper, folders, games," she says, listing the items that will soon be on the way to Union Beach, New Jersey.
That's where her Aunt Tina teaches and where Rylie goes in the summer to help get the classroom ready for school. She was there just last August.
"Clean, nice," she explains when asked how it looked then.
"Everything washed out. Gone," she says.
Rylie talked with her aunt after the storm hit and saw pictures of the very same classroom where she helped over the summer. It was covered in sand and muck from head to toe on Rylie's scale.
"She was real emotional," Rylie says about her aunt.
The good dead got Hamilton Elementary on television.
"I don't want anyone to stare at the camera," their teacher instructed.
Rylie got to dress up for her interview, telling us the hair bow wasn't really just for us. But the special part for this 8 year old is that all of the school supplies now covering a corner in her school hallway, started with a goal of filling just a basket.
"10 or 5," she says of her expectations. But when asked about how big the collection is now, she smiles from ear to ear and giggles. "More than that."
Some time before Christmas, Rylie and her family will head down to Union Beach in the family mini-van that Rylie hopes will be packed from bumper to bumper for the kids who can't go back to class, just yet.
Police are searching for a suspect after a woman was robbed and carjacked Tuesday night.
Firefighters used the Jaws of Life to free the driver from the vehicle, but said her injuries were not serious.
Police said Will Girard was traveling more than 100 miles per hour when he struck another vehicle at the intersection of Routes 6 and 94 in Foster.
A murder trial is expected to begin Wednesday, but without its potential star witness.
Nineteen students have reported symptoms of gastrointestinal illness since Saturday.