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BLAIRSVILLE: Elementary collects items for storm victims

by KAITLYN LIPINSKI, Gazette Student News Reporter on December 14, 2012 10:45 AM

BLAIRSVILLE -- Last week, Blairsville Elementary School did a health product drive for the victims of superstorm Sandy.

Each grade had the responsibility of bringing in different health care products that would be combined into care packages.

Kindergarten and third grade were responsible for towels; first grade for soap; second grade, combs; fourth and fifth grades, toothbrushes.

The idea for the drive came from former school nurse Darla Hilliard.

Teacher Robin Henry said, "Our students need to learn that -- especially during this Christmas season -- it is important to think of others, and that everyone is capable of doing something to help others no matter how small the act might be."

The collected items were combined with additional items such as washcloths, toothpaste and nail clippers.

The kits will be sent to a warehouse in Cranberry before being shipped to the areas that need them most.

Fifth-grader Bobby Walker, who donated 10 toothbrushes, said, "I felt good for helping people."

Librarian Yolanda McCloskey said, "I think the drive is a good idea to give to our own country. Those people lost everything."

Superstorm Sandy hit the Atlantic coastal states that include New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Rhode Island back in October.

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