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Young violinist raises money for fire victims

By Associated Press 11:28 AM August 7, 2014
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) –

An 8-year-old violinist became a street performer to raise money for a family whose home burned in Juneau.

Sophie Nylen raised $1,787.24 in six days and handed it over Saturday to the family of Amber and Lucas Schneider.

The Juneau Empire (http://bit.ly/1ogKv4U) reports Sophie saw the home burning July 25 as she rode home from violin practice. She says she felt bad and wanted to help the family buy a new home.

She played her violin an hour per day for six days in downtown Juneau as her mother, Ildia Nylen, watched.

Ildia Nylen says residents and tourists were generous.

Amber Schneider says she was surprised that such a young girl had raised so much money. She says the family is grateful for the donation.

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Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, http://www.juneauempire.com

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