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Children First: Charity work has lasting impact

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A group of young people in KOTA Territory are volunteering their time to bring gifts to others like them.

"Well, I really enjoy volunteering and being able to make a difference in people's needs," said Rebekah Forman, a Sheridan College student.

Forman volunteers every week with The Food Group, helping deliver food to young students in Sheridan County. But this week the group's focusing on a book drive.

"Over the last few weeks we've had bins at a few different locations around town. People have just been able to put their books in there and then we've collected them each week," said The Food Group executive director Jess Riley.

All the donated books are getting sorted out by age group and many local students from preschool to high school will get at least one book on Friday.

"I really enjoy Christmas and so I feel like kids should be able to do the same and if this is going to help them do that then that's an awesome opportunity for me to be a part of. I think it's a great chance for kids to be able to have access to reading if they don't have that already," said Forman.

Forman is one of a few college students helping out, and even much younger girls from the local 4-H chapter are volunteering their time to sort through books.

"It teaches them from a young age that if we all come together as a community we can really meet needs and so it's great to have so many young people getting involved and volunteering and wanting to be a part," said Riley.

And Forman plans to continue finding volunteer opportunities for years to come.

"I've seen extreme poverty and I know that people really do have needs and if you're able to help them it's your responsibility to do that. That's one of my greatest passions, is to do this type of work for the rest of my life," said Forman.

Riley estimates that about 2,000 donated books were collected.

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