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Woodside Elementary students fill hundreds of need bags to be distributed this holiday season

Fourth graders at Woodside Elementary School launched a service project that allows students to give back to the community and directly help those without a home this holiday season. Students filled 200 bags with personalized notes and basic necessities such as deodorant, socks and hand warmers on December 21. The bags will be distributed through Street Angels, a mobile outreach organization.

“It makes me feel really joyful that we can help people in need,” says fourth grader Amelia Glapa.

Each ‘need bag’ contains hand warmers, deodorant, toothpaste, tooth brushes, washcloths, soap, hand sanitizer, wet wipes, a piece of chocolate, socks and a granola bar. Students decorated each bag and then filled it with the items, adding a handwritten card.

Stories about acts of kindness, demonstrations of perseverance and examples of giving back to the larger community inspired students to choose this service project.

“When planning our holiday activities, we wanted to find something that the students could do which would provide them a chance to give back to our community,” explains Woodside Elementary School Fourth Grade Teacher Jodi Schossow. “With the help of some outstanding parent volunteers, we were able to set up this service project!”