High schools students collect costumes for children in women's shelters

13News Now Niko Clemmons has the story

POQUOSON, Va. (WVEC) -- They want to make this an unforgettable Halloween for several children in a local shelter.

Students at Poquoson High School are collecting costumes for kids in a women's shelter in Gloucester County.

Poquoson high school senior Elise Gilmore is the president of 'Our Helping Hands', an after school club where the students hold donation drives once a month and gives all their proceeds to women's shelters in the area.

“I'm a big supporter in women's rights,” Gilmore says. “I thought that if women are having issues now there should be a club in our school to help them.”

Normally their drives correlate with that month's holiday.

Since Halloween is right around the corner, they thought why not give the kids in one of these shelters a way to celebrate the holiday.

“We've got some costumes for them, candy, pumpkins, treats,” Gilmore says.

This isn't the first time ‘Our Helping Hands’ is giving back to their community. A former student started the club last year.

Gilmore says this year they picked a shelter that they felt is less supported by the community.

“There's a lot of shelters in the area that need help,” Gilmore says. “We're only helping one and I can think of four.”

The students picked the Laurel Shelter this year, a shelter in Gloucester that houses victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Last year, the group donated to a shelter in Williamsburg, holding sock drives, Thanksgiving and Christmas drives.

Gilmore remembers the smiles on people’s faces last year when they brought over their donations. That's what's she's looking forward too again.

“They show us nothing but gratitude and the community shows us nothing but support and without the community we couldn't do this.” Gilmore says.

There are a number of ways these students get their donations. Gilmore says for this Halloween drive they're using Facebook asking people to donate old and used costumes, and it is working so far.

“I think we have about six costumes that were donated by someone who came to the school and dropped them off,” Gilmore says.

She plans to deliver the costumes on Wednesday.

If you would still like to donate contact Poquoson High School at (757) 868-7123.
 


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