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O'Gorman Jr. High Students Give Back

December 22, 2011, 5:03 PM by Nicole Winters

O'Gorman Jr. High Students Give Back
SIOUX FALLS, SD - It's the season of giving. That's what O'Gorman Junior High Students are doing with a large donation to a local organization.

Toilet paper, paper towels, and Kleenex, things we all need, but sometimes can't afford. But, thanks to O'Gorman Junior High Students it’s now one less worry for a local organization.

"One of our projects this year we called it just the basics, paper products that we're donating to the St. Francis House," Mike Neufeld said.

The project involved seventh and eighth grade students collecting the items throughout the month, which added up to over 1,100 rolls. But, they also learned about the organization and homelessness.

"She told us a very unsettling statistic, that the average homeless person is seven years old, and we're donating so they don't have to worry about things like that," Tiana Rausch said.

The items the O'Gorman Junior High Students collected added up to hundreds of dollars, and will help stock the St. Francis House for at least six months.

"This donation is at least a couple thousands of dollars worth of supplies we will not have to go out and purchase," Executive Director Julie Becker said.

St. Francis House has about 77 people there at any given point. Becker says what the students did is a major help.

"The amount they were able to collect is just amazing," Becker said.

It's something they can be proud of, and hopefully take something from.

"I think they really took it to heart, great learning experience for them," Neufeld said.

"It makes me feel really happy and proud that all these generous kids donated from their own pocket, or their parent’s pocket, and took time to donate this," Rausch said.

The St. Francis House can have about 70 people there at one time. Individuals and families are allowed to stay there as long as they are working. Right now there are twelve children under four years old there.

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