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Nisky student gathers sleeping bags for homeless

"I did the drive for people that have no home but should still be warm in the winter," Valerie said.

At first, donations came in slowly. They picked up after Valerie put notices in teachers' mailboxes at the school and made some announcements to students in the morning about the drive. Principal Vicki Wyld also sent an e-mail out to the Parent Teacher Organization members to solicit donations.

Once the donations were received, Valerie's mother found a place to have the sleeping bags cleaned. Capitol Cleaners took care of the bags for free.

"We certainly wished we could have gotten more than 10, but the 10 was more than nothing and we certainly want to do it next year as well," said Helen Brooks.

Valerie said even though she will be in high school next year and there won't be the volunteering opportunity through the school, she wants to continue her efforts.

"I am thinking about what I am going to do next year and figure out where I am going to volunteer," she said.

During her volunteering at the Salvation Army, she would serve coffee and tea to people who came in and she noticed some people had very little to keep them warm.

"People are coming in with no gloves and no scarves and some even had no coats," she said.

Using her own money, Valerie decided to donate at least 10 pairs of gloves in the coming weeks to help keep the needy warm.""

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