Students at St. Patrick’s Elementary School in London are doing their parts to assure needy children have a happy Easter.
The children donated various Easter-themed items to London’s H.E.L.P. House on Thursday. Students collected books, candy, snacks and personal hygiene items, such as toothbrushes and deodorant, over four days.
The H.E.L.P. House, located at 122 E. Center St. in London, has done an Easter outreach program for at least 16 years, according to community outreach coordinator B.J. Bryant.
Families in the area who are in need are able to pick out their children’s basket and what goes inside, giving them the chance to personalize it for the child.
Bryant stated one goal of the H.E.L.P. House is to ensure that every child, no matter their income, is able to enjoy holidays.
“This way, when they come to school and their friends ask them what they got in their Easter basket, they are able to answer and enjoy it,” Bryant said, quoting the personal philosophy of founder Dee Heilman.
The H.E.L.P. House will continue to accept donations for their Easter baskets until April 5. Easter grass, candy, plastic eggs, stuffed animals and books are among the items needed.
So far, more than 400 families are signed up to participate, according to Bryant.
Reach Erin Thompson at 740-852-1616, ext. 1615.