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Mercer Elementary students collect nearly 1,000 items for the homeless

MERCER COUNTY, W.Va. (WVVA)- Students from Mercer Elementary School collected about 1,000 items for Amy’s House of Hope, an organization helping to feed the homeless.

Amy’s House of Hope received socks, hats and gloves from the students, to be distributed to the homeless population during their weekly dinners.

“We went to each classroom and placed a box [inside for donations],” said 5th grade student Zoey Williams. “The kids brought all the items.”

“Whoever raised the most items will get an ice cream or pizza party,” said 5th grade student Rhynell Coatney. “It feels great to help people in need.”

Fred Kinder, President of Amy’s House of Hope, says they feed 60-120 people per night.

“We have several people that come in and don’t have gloves or socks,” said Kinder. “They’re battling cold temperatures.”

Amy’s House of Hope will also be distributing items to the homeless in Beckley and Charleston.

“These items will not only help the Princeton community, but the whole state of West Virginia,” said Kinder.

The student council chooses a service project every month that benefits the community.

Jennifer Roberts

Multimedia Journalist

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