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DONATIONS given — Sophomores at Hills Elementary School presented 200 cancer care kits to representatives from the Tony Teramana Cancer Center to distribute to patients undergoing chemotherapy. Among those present were, from left, Marsha Lewis, Denise Mannarino and Catherine Poludniak of Trinity Health System and teacher and organizer Sarah Hibbits.

MINGO JUNCTION — Students from Hills and Cross Creek Elementary Schools are showing kindness by donating 200 chemo care kits to the Tony Teramana Cancer Center.

Sophomores gathered at Hills Elementary gymnasium on April 7 for a presentation to reps and provided colorful canvas tote bags filled with snacks, personal care items and games to provide chemo patients with a little comfort at home and at the establishment. Sarah Hibbits, a second-grade teacher, said the community service project had been running for seven years and more than 1,000 bags had been brought in during that time.

“There were 204 between Hills and Cross Creek”, she says, noting that she started her project when she was at the old Wintersville Elementary School. “The 200 will go to Teramana and four will immediately go to family and friends of chemo students and staff.”

Even COVID-19 concerns did not impact the acumen of the donation, although it did change plans during the school closure, but Hibbits said the community is responding in kind in the event. of need.

“Every year I always come to a point where I wonder if we’ll have enough,” she says. “We disseminated information on social networks and shared the project. When community members see the project, they want to help. »

This year, collections began in February and were extended to March due to snow days when items were still needed to fill the bags. The list of supplies included packaged snacks, bottled water, hard candies, lotion, travel size packs of wet wipes, Biotene or dry mouth products, travel size packs of tissues, blankets, hats and scarves, slippers, puzzle books and games, among others. The latest contributions have also filled a dozen additional boxes with supplies that the center can distribute when needed.

During the presentation, Hibbits said the generosity of students encourages patients and gives something back to the community. The students also shared their feelings about helping others and said it made them smile and hoped others would pay it forward.

“I’m grateful for what we do because I love helping people,” said sophomore Emerson Bates-Dallman.

“I feel good that we are trying to do something for others and it can go on and on and on,” added student Camdin Bell.

Meanwhile, representatives of cancer centers were also delighted with the outpouring of love.

“That’s wonderful,” said Marsha Lewis, an oncology attorney. “Patients love it and it brightens their day.”

Catherine Poludniak, director of the Trinity Health System Foundation, told the children that their efforts were having a huge impact.

“It’s fantastic. The community has always been supportive,” she added. “It’s heartwarming to see all of this and I really love seeing the kids get involved.”

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