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Lansing Lends a Helping Hand

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Three years ago, a group of teachers created a charity called Helping Hands. Helping Hands aids students who can’t get the things that they need. From school supplies to hygiene products to clothes, Helping Hands helps however they can.

“I hope to make Lansing High School a safe place for every single student and a place where they feel comfortable and are able to learn,” teacher Tracey Matthews, a founding member of Helping Hands, commented.

To fund Helping Hands, members Debora Curatola, MaryKay Kelm, Tracey Matthews, Rita Oatney, and Tracy Schmidt hold a gift basket raffle in the fall and a crockpot cook-off in the spring. Members of Helping Hands have recently been considering helping leadership host a personal hygiene drive. In this drive, students would have the opportunity to donate personal hygiene products such as deodorant, shower products, toiletries, and more for students in need at LHS. Helping Hands also accepts personal donations as long as they are items and not money.

When asked about the beginning of Helping Hands, Tracey Matthews replied: “I had a student who basically was dealt a horrible hand. Her parents were divorced and they moved from place to place to place. There was a storage unit that the dad didn’t pay rent on and she lost everything. She didn’t even have a winter coat. I couldn’t know that and not do anything about it, so I bought her a coat. And it kind of started from there. Sometimes kids just need to know that they matter.”

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