Number of Participants: 100
Hours Donated: 1
Value of Time Served: $845
Event Type: Children & Youth
Date: December 16, 2019
NY 11963, USA
Through the month of December, Sag Harbor Elementary School students and families are working together on the “mitten line” project with the goal of collecting hundreds of gifts for children in need in the community.
Gift ideas were first posted on paper mittens and hung on the way into the school’s gymnasium. Schoolmates and their families will select a mitten, purchase the item and bring them to the school for collection and distribution. School counselor Michelle Grant, who spearheads the program, said the Sag Harbor students are encouraged to remove one gift from their own wish list to enable the purchase for another child. The children are eager to talk about the items they removed from their lists, and that “warms her heart.”
The effort receives support from faculty, staff, students and their families. “Our school community is incredibly generous, and we hope to once again collect hundreds of gifts from socks to big-ticket items like bicycles,” Ms. Grant said. She added that the recipients of the gifts are extremely grateful and express their deep appreciation when she sees them at delivery. “It is most evident when families who were assisted in the past reach out to me to see how they can help, now that things are more financially stable for them.”
Participants should bring their donated gifts to the school by Dec. 16. They will be delivered to children in need on Dec. 19.
Photo caption: 1-2: Sag Harbor Elementary School students were eager to select a gift idea from the “Mitten Line” tree to help make a merry holiday for children in need in the community. Gifts donated by students and their families will be distributed on Dec. 19.
Photos courtesy of Sag Harbor School District