Panther Valley Public Library collects coats, clothes for needy
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Mary Ellen Greco, Panther Valley Elementary school couselor, left; and Carrie Selinko, school nurse, right; thank Marie Ondrus, president of the Panther Valley Public Library in Lansford, for the library's donation of coats, hats, gloves and socks. The winter attire will now be distributed Dec. 19 at the school.
Panther Valley Elementary students in need will be a little bit warmer this winter thanks to the Panther Valley Public Library.
On Thursday, a group of volunteers from the library dropped of two boxes filled with winter coats, hats, gloves and socks for the children. They will now be distributed Dec. 19, between 2:30 and 4 p.m., in the school's cafeteria.
Marie Ondrus, Panther Valley Public Library president, said the library decided to help the children because they know times are tough, especially around Christmas.
They put boxes in the library and anyone from the public was able to donate.
"We thought it was a good response," she said. "We were surprised with how many things we got. We just hope the children can use all of them."
Mary Figura, elementary principal at PV Elementary, was thrilled by the donation.
"I'm so appreciative of what the Panther Valley Public Library did," she said. "This is going to help a lot of our kids this winter."
She said that the distribution is open to all Panther Valley Elementary families.
"This will help many families because now they can spend less on children's necessities and focus more on making Christmas a little brighter," Figura added.
Any PV family that would like to learn more about the distribution and has not yet received information, can call the school.