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Volunteers Provide Warm Hearts and Hands for Students

Seven Baskets x Cypress Church

December 14, 2020 -- Ohioans have never faltered in their quest to make sure those in need are helped. This is the goal of partners Seven Baskets Community Development and Cypress Church.

Over the past few months, the two organizations have partnered to provide Columbus City Schools (CCS) students at over half a dozen schools with more than 650 brand new coats, hand-knitted hats, and matching gloves, 600 virtual learning school supply bags, and grab and go lunches for up to 100 children. Most recently, volunteers helped to distribute coats, gloves, and hats to students at Cedarwood Elementary School.

“Our hearts are full and our students are warm," said Principal Kristy Leigh, Cedarwood Elementary School.  “We send many voices of grateful thanks to all who donated, sorted, and delivered these wonderful gifts of spirit!”

“We feel blessed to be able to partner with Columbus City Schools and the incredible principals, school staff, students, and their families,” said Cheryl Mansell, Seven Baskets Program Director. “During these past few months, Seven Baskets has distributed 600 Virtual Learning school supply bags, Family Night Activity bags, provided grab and go lunch (breakfast) for up to 100 children twice a week, along with family food bags, from our Community House next door to Leawood Elementary, distributed Thanksgiving meal boxes to these families, provided Learning Extension Centers in the Community House, and have continued our mentoring programs via Zoom.”

And the giving doesn’t stop there. Seven Baskets is also working with Lindbergh Elementary School to distribute warm coats. Principal Annette Tooman calls their partnership truly amazing.

“Seven Baskets Community Development is our faith-based partner,” said Principal Annette Tooman, Lindbergh Elementary School. Seven Baskets began working with Columbus City Schools beginning in 2012.  “They are amazing people who truly understand how to model what a faith-based partner can accomplish not only within a school but within a community,” said Tooman. “A model that can and should be replicated!  Amazing hearts for kids in our schools and for people within our community!"