For the past two weeks, students from Japan, Korea, and China at Grand River Academy held a blanket drive to help keep the homeless in Ashtabula warm this winter. Mrs. Angela Thomas's English Language Learner classes were inspired to take on this local project after some students have experienced how cold life in northeast Ohio can be during this time of year.
After seeing how other communities are assisting the homeless, students started to collect blankets and socks during the first two weeks of November. Through writing emails, posting flyers, and reaching out to friends online, over 80 blankets and sleeping bags were collected. In addition to blankets, the community donated over 80 pairs of socks, toiletries, and back packs.
In addition to helping those in need, Mrs. Thomas shared that her goal for this project was "for the boys to experience at their young age how they are able to make a difference in the lives of others even in a new country. I wanted them to also see that giving a little bit of their time and effort toward someone else can go a long way."
The drive concluded on November 15th where the items were delivered to Mr. Steve Sargent at the Samaritan House. Grand River Academy and the students would like to thank everyone who were able to donate and helping to warm the hearts of those in need.