NEW HAVEN, CONN. – A group of Weston High School seniors have their dresses and their invitations to prom, but they won't be kicking back in the lap of a luxury limousine. "Kids spend so much money on prom," said Brittany McCann.
McCann, Cole and Katie Funk, along with 80 other Weston High School students, are giving up the leather seats, lights and high-tech entertainment so blind children in India can have a better life.
"The whole point is we're not asking them to do 30 hours of community service work you don't have to travel to another country," said Cole. "It's the bridge from the United States to another country and all you're doing is giving something up." The three seniors started a fund-raiser called "Limos for Lives" after one of their dad's learned about a blind school in Calcutta, India, that needed help.
"It's so amazing how a little can really go a long way," said Cole.
The girls recently visited the school and its nearly 100 students, videotaping their emotional journey along the way.
"They don't have their sight, no tangibles, no material objects, hardly any family. They were all smiles and wanted to hug you and touch you," said Cole.
Their donations will help build a playground and expand the school.
"If everyone participates, there's a potential to bring in millions of dollars," said Funk.
Instead of limousines, the kids will take donated school buses to their prom, a small gesture these teens know will go a long way in making another child's life a little brighter.
Doctors say malnutrition plays a large role in why so many Indian children are blind. So far Limos for Lives has raised $10,000 toward their goal of $250,000. A number of other schools are signing up to help out.