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November 21, 2013

Coop groups collecting 'kindness kits'

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Cooperstown Crier

---- — The Cooperstown National Honor Society and the AP English class are helping to support financially troubled families and homeless individuals this fall.

The CCS groups are working with Opportunities for Otsego to raise awareness and help end poverty.

NHS sponsor Jennnifer Pindar said her students decided to help OFO after they were inspired by sophomore Abby LeCates.

“Abby LeCates volunteered at the OFO over the summer and was inspired to raise awareness for the homeless,” Pindar said. “She came to me to see if we could do something and then we incorporated the Honor Society and the AP English class.”

OFO is an organization that helps families in need of assistance by providing the resources and services for low-income families and individuals.

“Our goal is to gradually ‘save the world, one bag at a time’ with kindness kits,” Pindar said. “We’ll donate these to the Oneonta shelter.”

Kindness kits are bags that include items such as socks, Band-Aids, Chap Stick, deodorant, soap, snacks, wipes, shampoo and more. The collections will continue through Nov. 26.

“We want to make this process personal and educational for anyone who wishes to donate and get involved in this act of charity,” Pindar said. “By making these kindness kits, we want the people in our community to appreciate what the homeless shelters stand for and that they give locals the opportunity to contribute to the shelters’ and OFO’s work.”

Volunteers can make their own kits by putting some helpful items in a gallon sized Ziplock bag. The kits can be dropped off at the CCS middle/high school building on Linden Avenue. There will be a bin in the entrance way.

Contact Pindar or Rebecca Burk-Sciallo for any questions.