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Ariton students working to make a difference in the community

Group of Ariton students with supplies they are distributing to the homeless
Group of Ariton students with supplies they are distributing to the homeless(WTVY News 4)
Published: Oct. 29, 2019 at 6:27 PM CDT
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Ariton schools put together more than 100 bags filled with toiletries, snacks, water and other items.

This all started when Sue Johnson’s granddaughter was three years old.

They began taking items to the homeless connect in Dothan.

Her granddaughter Lexi is now 11 and a student at Ariton Elementary School and the giving has since grown.

"You don’t have to have a lot of money to bless other people. You can bless them with your time. You can bless them with kindness. Sometimes a smile is all you need to get a person to bless them."

Ariton students are working hard to bless those who rarely receive blessings.

They spent their weekend retrieving donations to distribute to the homeless.

"We went to super save and we stood out there for a couple hours and we asked the incoming customers do you know just done it a few canned goods toilet paper wipes anything that they could just give to us. Then we went to Walmart and we got a lot of stuff."

Giving back to the homeless isn’t the only thing the students were able to get out of this experience.

"Seeing everyone coming together today and bonding and putting the bags together it’s just a real blessing to help someone."

Students are putting more than just toiletries, food and drink in those bags.

"These bags will be passed out in every bag and will have a note in it that has an encouraging word from the students here at the school."

"This is just an incredible event, incredible people just to organize this from a student standpoint something like we’ve never seen."

"When we serve others, it only betters our world and so just to see the outpouring is absolutely incredible."

All the supplies will go to the Southeast Alabama Coalition for the Homeless group and be distributed to the homeless Saturday morning.