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Teens hailed as heroes across the country after helping kidnapped girl

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LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) -

It is a local story that has gained national attention. Two teenage boys helped rescue 5-year-old Jocelyn Rojas, who was allegedly kidnapped Thursday in Lancaster County.

A woman from western New York was so moved by the story that she set up a scholarship fund for the teens, and she does not even know them.

"It's amazing and it's so selfless and just an incredible thing to do. I was very impressed," said Mary O'Donnell, who started the scholarship fund.

So impressed, that she wanted to do something to help the teens, even though O'Donnell has no ties to them or to the Rojas family.

"You know, they probably altered the course of that child's future, so why not help alter the course of their future? Make it easier for them," said O'Donnell.

O'Donnell set-up a website to collect money that will help Temar Boggs and his friend, Chris, pay for higher education. It is a 60-day campaign. The goal is to raise $10,000, divided equally between the two teens. The money is for an education that Boggs is already dreaming about.

"Design sneakers or design clothing or if that doesn't work out then culinary arts," Boggs said. "It's just amazing how many people want to help out and it's just a blessing that I have people at my side that can do this for me."

Designer or cook, no matter what his job title is, Boggs will always carry the title of hero.

"You can call me a hero or a savior but at the end of the day I'm just looking out for the community just looking out for another person's family," Boggs said.

If you would like to donate to the scholarship fund, visit http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/reward-the-heroes-scholarship-fund?c=home.

The investigation continues into the abduction of Rojas. Manheim Township police said someone snatched her as she played outside her home on Jennings Drive in Lancaster Township around 4:30 Thursday afternoon. She was returned safe to her family after the boys spotted her in the back of a car and went after that car on their bicycles.

Her abductor is described as white male, 50-70 years old, wearing green pants and red/white striped shirt. He may be driving a Chevy model car that's red, purple or maroon.

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