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Over Thanksgiving break, parents and children gathered shirts, sweaters, sweatshirts, pants, dresses, fleece jackets, winter coats, shoes and boots. On Nov. 30, kindergarten, first and second graders, with the help of fifth and sixth grade buddies, assembled in the schools’ Athletics Center to sort their donations and prepare them for delivery to the Sharing Shelf. Approximately 160 students participated in total. About 10 contractor-sized trash bags were filled with clothing, as well as two bins of shoes, school officials said. “Often we hear about people around the world that need a lot of help, but that there are actually people in our community that need our help,” said Alissa Helgesen, assistant head of the Whitby Lower School. “Students made the connection that donating money is helpful, but donating time is more meaningful. The kids were able to take ownership of this process by searching through their clothes with their parents, identifying something that they have and that others don’t have.” This is the first year the school has donated to Sharing Shelf. “It was a meaningful and fun event that we hope to make an annual tradition,” said Beth Ferrer, Whitby community service coordinator. The Sharing Shelf works with social workers and others to help collect and distribute new and gently used clothing for low-income children in Westchester County ranging from infancy to age 19.
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