GREEN TREE, Pa. (KDKA) — So many people are struggling financially during the coronavirus pandemic due to unemployment or reduced work hours.
Some local high school students are helping those people with a project that’s still looking for more volunteers.READ MORE: Mon Wharf Reopening For Parking On Monday
Pallets loaded with boxes fill Global Links in Green Tree. Inside the boxes are gallon-sized plastic bags with personal hygiene items. On Wednesday, Mt. Lebanon High School delivered 855 of these bags.
“These students from Mt. Lebanon warm our hearts and inspire us to do more, and I hope they inspire our community to help us with this project,” said Angela Garcia, executive director of Global Links.
She says Global Links’ goal is to collect 21,000 kits by the end of 2021.READ MORE: University of Pittsburgh Main Campus Shifts Into Lower-Risk Classification For The Coronavirus
“Being that it’s challenging to volunteer in this COVID world, our team came up with a volunteer project any individual, student, faith-based groups, corporations can do at their home or building,” Garcia said.
KDKA’s Kristine Sorensen says it’s easy to do. She and her three children shopped for the items and assembled them at home. She said it was a good way to help them understand that not everyone can afford personal hygiene items that are important for health and dignity.
“Government assistance programs do not cover these. So families on limited income, low income, have to use their cash to make decisions on these necessities and food and rent,” Garcia said.
The kits go to local nonprofits that reach people who are unemployed, single parents, people in domestic violence shelters, homeless shelters and more.MORE NEWS: Baldwin High School Students Raise Thousands Of Dollars Through Polar Pop Event For Special Olympics Of Pennsylvania
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