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Elementary school students donate to homeless

By Shannon Ballard 9:03 PM December 19, 2013

College Gate Elementary students make gifts for Brother Francis Shelter

ANCHORAGE - Students at one Anchorage school are thinking of the homeless this season.

For weeks the kids at College Gate Elementary have been preparing handmade Christmas cards and making fleece blankets.

Thursday, the gifts were prepared for delivery to Brother Francis Shelter.

“It makes me feel like I’m doing something to help the world get better,” said fifth-grader Hannah Greene.

Winter is an especially tough time for people without a permanent home, and some of the students have firsthand experience of the difference a simple act can make.

“I was in a homeless shelter three times,” said fifth-grader William Stanley. “It was very hard. They’ll freeze all night long if they don’t have a blanket, so that’s why we’re making these fleece blankets.”

The students are donating nearly 100 blankets. It’s part of the national Joy Maker campaign to inspire kids to make their mark on the world.

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