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Washington kids donate piggy bank savings to mudslide victims

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ARLINGTON, Wash. (NBC) - Search crews remain on the scene of a deadly mudslide in Washington, the official death toll now stands at 24 with more than that still missing.

It's been nine days since the town was torn apart by the tragedy and for people in the impact zone, it’s been hard to find any reason to smile.

But a pair of young children are trying to bring hope to the area.

If there was such a thing as a smile bank supplies here would be short. Talon Yin is 7, his sister Anya is just a year younger. The siblings say they knew the community needed some sort of deposit.

Talon and Anya say their little piggies were destined to feed their college fund.

"Then I thought about the people in the mudslide,” Anya said.

The ordeal was real to the kids. Mom Michelle is the owner of an Arlington business. Her commute doubled due to the slide. The family has quickly become an expert in penny pinching. But the kids were undeterred.

"I decided to give it to the people that need help for the mudslide,” Talon said.

The local firefighters gave the precocious pair a ride in a shining red truck as a thank you.

"We have been given so much this whole week and to see that it's instilled in the children to give and to help when people are in need. That's what made our community great,” Jeff McClelland said.

Thanks to Talon and Anya that smile bank, once near empty, is restocked and ready for the road ahead.
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