Friendswood 3rd grader has already raised more than $13,500 for Harvey relief

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A Friendswood 3rd grader is raising money for Harvey relief. (KTRK)

Removing drywall, getting all the debris to the corner -- it's a big job not everyone can do. But even the smallest of helpers are lending all hand as Friendswood gets on the road to recovery.

When he's not playing with his sister, giving weather reports, or making music, Jaxson Vanreenen is raising money for Hurricane Harvey relief.

The 3rd grader has an impressive amount pledged so far, more than $13,000.

His home did not flood during Hurricane Harvey, but he knows plenty of people who did, including a close friend.

"My friend Orayn, water just destroyed his house. Like on the outside it looked great but inside it looks horrible," said Vanreenen.

At 8 years old, Vanreenen wasn't allowed to save people on boats during the storm or remove dry wall from damaged houses, but he's helping by raising money through a GoFundMe page.

His goal is $50,000 and he already knows where the donations will go.

"I hope to just give it to some families that lost their homes. I am going to give a little gift cards to my friends that lost their homes," said Vanreenen.

He says he's just very grateful for everyone who has already donated.

You can help Vanreenen meet his goal by visiting his Facebook page.

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