Amity students shoe collection to benefit formerly homeless families
WOODBRIDGE — Students from the Community Action Club at Amity High School recently donated two large boxes of shoes, boots and other footwear they collected between Dec. 9 and Jan. 3 to Christian Community Action in New Haven.
The idea came about due to the large homeless population in New Haven. Morgan Blume knew that with this extreme weather that Connecticut has been experiencing there was a need for warm shoes and boots for the homeless.
The collection was conducted under the leadership of club members Danny Horton, president/senior; Max Hurwitz, president/senior; Morgan Blume, vice president/junior; and Jake Milner, vice president/junior.
The shoes will be distributed to previously homeless families staying in Christian Community Action’s Hillside Family Shelter or in its Stepping Stone Transitional Housing Program complex.
“We are very grateful to Danny, Max, Morgan, Jake and their fellow students for taking on this project,” said Albert May, CCA Director of Development. “We know the families who will benefit from this effort will be extremely grateful for this thoughtful act as well.”
The Club intends to follow up the footwear collection with a food drive in either March or April. During those months, CCA receives matching funds from a Rhode Island-based foundation for every food item /cash donation it receives.
Christian Community Action is a 48-year-old ecumenical nonsectarian social services agency whose mission is to provide “help, housing and hope” to families that are homeless and people who are poor. Besides emergency and transitional housing, it also offers a food pantry and programs and classes designed to support individuals as they work to regain their independence and self-sufficiency.