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Garfield Students Spread Volunteer Spirit

Garfield High School students Destiny Rivera and Omar Ayoub help out at a recent Toys for Tots drive.
Garfield High School students Destiny Rivera and Omar Ayoub help out at a recent Toys for Tots drive. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Denise Rebori

GARFIELD, N.J. — Garfield High School students will lend a hand to those in need with two volunteer programs in the winter.

The Helping Hands club will be prepared when the temperature drops. The club runs a snow shoveling service for senior citizens, its activities director Denise Rebori said.

About 25 students signed up to help the elderly in Garfield clear their property of snow quickly.

"We basically tried to split the town into quarters and assign a student who lives in that section to clear snow," Rebori told Daily Voice.

Only one senior asked for student help as of Dec. 4, but Rebori said that could change soon.

"Really when it's 50 degree weather nobody's thinking snow these days," she said.

The students will also volunteer at the Special Olympics games in Mountain Creek in February. They got some practice by helping with a basketball clinic for special needs children earlier this year, Rebori said.

Other activities for the club includes cleaning up litter and clothing drives.

Rebori said people always seem to appreciate help from Garfield students.

"The kids go over and above on all the volunteering we ask for," she said. "We've gotten phone calls from people thanking us. They just want to say thank you because without the kids they would never be able to [shovel]."

FOR SHOVELING HELP: Contact Rebori at drebori@gboe.org or at 973-340-5010 ext. 2223.

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