Dobbins families give back to those in need

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The students at Dobbins Elementary School filled five boxes and six bags full of socks, gloves, mittens, scarves, headbands, earmuffs, hats and coats for the Giving Tree Project. The school and PTO do service projects twice a year to teach students to give back to their community.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Poland Dobbins Elementary School's PTO set up a Giving Tree Project, where students donated winter clothing to Mahoning County Children Services through Dec. 4-15.

By ZACK SHIVELY

zshively@vindy.com

Dobbins Elementary School’s PTO organized a Giving Tree Project at the school from Dec. 4-15 to help less fortunate students throughout Mahoning County.

They filled five boxes and six bags full of socks, gloves, mittens, scarves, headbands, earmuffs, hats and coats. The items went to the Mahoning County Children Services, which will distribute the donated items to children in need.

“Children naturally want to give back and help, and we want to encourage them to keep that feeling alive,“ said Michael Daley, Dobbins Elementary’s principal.

The PTO Service Committee coordinated the Giving Tree Project at the school. Janine Malloy, the chair for the Service Committee, said the committee is very important to the school, as it teaches the children to share with others throughout the community.

The committee designated two classrooms to collect each item of clothing to ensure they received a good amount of each item. They also asked for donations of coats for children from the school’s families. They received 21 coats overall.

“When Mr. Daley reached out to Mahoning County Children’s Services in October to coordinate the Giving Tree Project, our contact indicated that a caseworker had just shared a coat with a toddler the day before. It warms your heart to know that a project our children supported was able to provide a coat to child in need,” said Malloy.

Jennifer Kollar, public information officer for Mahoning County Children Services, said they have more than 500 children to serve throughout the county. These children often have very little in terms of winter clothing, so these types of programs throughout the community help. They collect clothing for infants to 18-year-old children.

Kollar said the program “is an amazing gift.“ She complimented the project for having “kids help kids,“ which she believes leaves a “tremendous impact“ on the students.

Dobbins Elementary’s PTO Service Committee has two annual events: the Giving Tree Project in the winter and a food drive in the spring. The Giving Tree Project has occurred every year for more than 10 years at the school.

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