The 8-year-olds, accompanied by their mothers, Amy Hough and Ali Coppola, as well as Sofia’s brother, Colin, 11, personally delivered their massive collection of clothing to the Rockland County Legislature’s offices today. They donated their collection to the 2016 Winter Coat Drive conducted by Legislators Aney Paul and Alden Wolfe.
“We wanted to help people who didn’t have coats,” Alexa said.
The students said they, their parents and their school were surprised by the generous donations they received. They visited every classroom and talked about their project and made fliers and even a collection box. “I made the sign for it,” Sofia said.
After being encouraged by their school to pick a student action project, the girls decided to conduct their own drive and donate the collection to the Legislature’s Winter Coat Drive, which benefits People to People.
People to People is Rockland’s largest food pantry and also provides school supplies; holiday gifts for children; and clothing for newborns, school children, professionals seeking jobs and others. The agency helped nearly 14,000 Rockland households last year.
“It’s really giving back to the community,” Legislator Paul said. “It’s amazing to see. Alexa and Sofia are the role models for other students and for our entire community.”
Said Legislator Wolfe, “We’re absolutely blown away and we could not have done this without Alexa and Sofia. What they’re proving is that it doesn’t matter how old you are, two people can make a tremendous difference for a lot of people. Think about all the kids and all the grownups that are going to be warm this winter because of what Alexa and Sofia have done. We’re so proud of them.”
The Legislature’s Winter Coat Drive, which ended last week, brought in scores of new and gently-used coats and other warm clothing donated.