Two third graders who decided to do something about keeping their neighbors warm this winter have been recognized for their service by the Rockland County Legislature.
Alexa Hough and Sofia Coppola collected dozens of new and gently-used coats and other warm clothing after learning about a winter coat drive.
“I really thank everyone who donated, most especially Alexa and Sofia,” Legislative Majority Leader Aney Paul said. “These young ladies are role models for all of us. They saw there was a need and they responded in a kind and caring way. The donations represent an important action on the part of our overall community because they tell our struggling neighbors that they are not forgotten.”
The drive was boosted by the donations collected by Alexa and Sofia, who attend third grade at Link Elementary School. The girls worked hard, visiting every classroom and talking to students and teachers about the drive. They also made fliers and a collection box. They delivered more than a dozen bags to the Legislature’s offices.
All donations were turned over to People to People, Rockland’s largest food pantry. The nonprofit agency also provides school supplies; holiday gifts for children; and clothing for newborns, school children, professionals seeking jobs and others. It helps nearly 14,000 Rockland households annually.