Blanketing the community

PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE Hopewell-Loudon second-graders Eli Beidelschies (from left), Kian Hammer, Izabelle Holguin, Lyla Dull and Addie Smith are leading a project to collect blankets for the homeless.

BASCOM — Five Hopewell-Loudon second-graders identified a need and are covering it.

Eli Beidelschies, Lyla Dull, Kian Hammer, Izabelle Holguin and Addie Smith are spearheading a drive to collect blankets for First Call For Help to assist homeless in the area.

The five read a book about a car wash family fundraiser in class.

“This group had the same book,” Smith said.

The book addresses raising money for American Red Cross to assist Hurricane Katrina victims.

Dull said students decided to bring blankets for the homeless.

Beidelschies said the students thought of ideas of a lot of things they could give to victims locally.

“(Beidelschies) thought of blankets,” Holguin said.

People need blankets to stay warm, Beidelschies said.

“There could be ice on (the homeless),” Hammer said.

Holguin said the students are trying to get 50-70 blankets, and the blankets have to be either new or clean and gently used.

“It’s becoming cold,” Beidelschies said.

Hopewell-Loudon students can take their donations to the school. Visitors can drop off donations at the school office.

The drive starts Monday and is to continue until Dec. 10.

It wasn’t an assignment for the students to do a project.

“We just thought of doing that,” Smith said.

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