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LHS softball program runs 'Coats for Kids' drive

More than 50 coats collected, 200-plus books brought to schools

With the snow and cold finally making its way into Central New York, the Liverpool High School softball program decided to help the students at Chestnut Hill Elementary and Chestnut Hill Middle stay warm.

The players and their families recently collected winter coats, hats, gloves and books during its second annual "Coats for Kids" Drive. On Dec. 19, LHS seniors Emily Dumas and Tiffany Sampere-Szewczyk, as well as varsity softball coach Nick Spataro, delivered more than 50 winter jackets to CHE and CHM along with winter hats and gloves. More than 230 children's and young adult books also were donated to the schools.

In addition to the donations at CHE and CHM, almost 20 winter jackets were donated to Vera House, which provides emergency shelter to women in crisis.

"This is a good time of year to do this," Spataro said.

Sampere-Szewczyk agreed, noting that the donated coats, no longer needed by their previous owners, would be put to good use.

{Q}"Everybody deserves to stay warm," Dumas said.{Q}

LHS Senior Emily Dumas, left, stands with some of the donated items alongside senior Tiffany Sampere-Szewczyk, CHE Principal Martha O'Leary and CHM Principal Peter Lanzito.

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