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Local Students Collect Food, Donations for Lorton Community Action Center

The girls helped on behalf of local charity, Kids Sending Smiles, for four hours Saturday.

A group of local elementary school girls spent hours Saturday collecting donations of non-perishable food for the ’s food pantry. The nine students of Island Creek Elementary School in Alexandria are between eight and nine years-old, and acted on behalf of local charity Kids Sending Smiles.

At the end of the day, they collected $287 for the charity outside of the Giant Food store, at 7558 Telegraph Road. 

The center’s pantry shelves are nearly empty, and the group also collected:   

  • 41 jars of peanut butter
  • 33 jars of jelly
  • 33 cans of beans
  • 32 jars of pasta sauce
  • 28 packages of rice
  • 75 boxes of pasta
  • 84 cans of tuna fish and other canned meat
  • 1 loaf of bread
  • 48 boxes of cereal
  • 26 cans of soup
  • 1 box of crackers
  • 2 packages of coffee and tea
  • 1 package of oatmeal
  • 1 jar of apple sauce
  • 6 cans of vegetables
  • 1 box of jello
  • 2 boxes of granola bars

"The girls stood in front of the store and asked for help," said parent Laurie Flanagan. "The community answered. One elderly gentleman donated $100 saying that he knows there are people in his community that need money from his pension more than he does."

Kids Sending Smiles is a community service organization started by a group of Northern Virginian elementary school girls. Their projects include a winter coat drive for the Navajo Nation, financial support for a children's shelter in Peru and a lemonade stand with proceeds that paid for medical supplies in Mali. 

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