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Teens Collect Essentials for Homeless

Students from Lágafellsskóli school in Mosfellsbær near Reykjavík collected over 100 carrier bags full of daily essentials at three capital area supermarkets this Wednesday, all to be given to homeless people.

The students had a list of food and other items that they asked customers to buy along with their regular shopping.

The collection was a massive success and the students gathered a hundred bags of important goods for the homeless—while in a similar collection last year, they collected 80 bags.

The collection was the idea of one student in Year 9, along with his mother, and the whole class got involved in what the teacher describes as a fun and positive project—stressing that while the school supports the project, it is all the students’ own work, DV reports.

The students contacted Bónus in Mosfellsbær, Bónus in Korputorg and Nettó at Mjódd—all of which granted permission for the collection. “We got permission to hand over the list and people were asked to buy something off the list. Students stood outside the shops with trolleys and people added to the trolleys when they had finished shopping,” teacher Elísabet Jónsdóttir explained.

Last year’s collection went to the homeless people’s day center at Grandi, Reykjavík, but that has since shut down. This year, therefore, the donations are being distributed through the Red Cross.

The students made their collections on Wednesday after school, between 16.00 and 18.00 and reported a very positive reception from the public.

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