PHOENIX – A trio of students in the Phoenix Central School District have tackled a service project aimed at helping elderly community members during the winter season.
For the past three years, eighth grader Caitlin George and juniors Jon George and Nicole Hetko have put together Blizzard Bags to distribute to senior citizens in the Phoenix area.
The students pound the pavement to get food donations from local businesses such as Tops, Wal-Mart, Target and Price Chopper.
The nonperishable items are then separated and bagged for distribution to clients enrolled in Oswego County Opportunities’ Nutrition Services.
This year, the trio prepared 110 Blizzard Bags, which will provide clients with an emergency food supply if there is inclement weather and the Meals on Wheels program is unable to deliver.
According to PCSD teacher Nicole George, the students began this year’s collection efforts in August and the bags were completed in mid-November.
“Christine Parks, who works at Meals on Wheels, is always overwhelmed by their work,” Nicole George said, noting that the students’ contributions will be added to the others that are donated by different community organizations. “The kids do a great job giving back to the community.”