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Project Warm-Up teams up with Life Skills students

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PASCO, Wash.--Project Warm-Up teams up with Life Skills students. Right now Project Warm-Up is collecting yarn and supplies to makes hats, gloves and scarves for babies and children in the community. 

The group works with Life Skills students and volunteers from local high schools. The project helps them improve work skills. Project Warm-up Manager Holli Calder-Cox says "not only just the skills but the self worth that they're able to do something that matters." Southridge High School Life Skills Student Jordan Bacchetti says she loves to volunteer her time for others. She says "I like helping people."

This month they're making items made out of purple. It's part of their Period of Purple Crying campaign. They're doing this to raise awareness about shaken baby syndrome. We talked with a volunteer who was shaken by his dad when he was a baby. He says his life would have been completely different if he wasn't abused. Jonathan Vue says "it's affected me by, I can't really think straight sometimes."

This project helps these students just as much as they help others. Project Warm-Up depends on volunteers some of the Life Skills students who help out frequently. Working with the group helps prepare students for a paying job. Kennewick School District Life Skills Advisor Dawn Johnson says "our goal is to have every student graduate with either a paid position or a fulfilling opportunity for them."

So far this year Project Warm-Up has given out more than 3,000 items to the community. However, there is still a need for warm winter gear for more than 10,000 people locally.

Right now they are in desperate need of supplies and community help. If you are interested in donating yarn or other materials to make hats and mittens, you can drop off materials at 720 West Court Street in Pasco, WA. Or reach a Project Warm-Up representative at projectwarmup@aol.com.

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