Youth Showing Their Love For Angola Four During Radio Station's Fundraiser

By Scott Sarvay

March 31, 2011 Updated Mar 31, 2011 at 5:22 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - How empathic are the youth of today and what kind of influence do they really hold?

If you doubted before, this week's radio fundraiser for the families of those four Angola teens, is proof of their power.

Around $65,000 were raised in less than two days from places as far away as Florida, California and Alabama.

But philanthropy wasn't just for adults with deep pockets. It was the younger generation who really got behind the cause, and raised a large portion of the funds.

Oasis Radio Group General Manager Phil Becker says, “Their behavior is exactly what we knew they were going to do as far as caring, just the volume of it is what really surprised us."

IPFW Student Breanne Bennett said, “For people to just so willingly give their money to strangers - that's phenomenal. I think it says a lot, especially for kids my age, about how we were raised and the kind of people that we are going to be."

Oasis Radio Group officials say since 107.9 plays top 40 hits they were able to reach a large group of young people during the fundraiser.

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