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Pittston High girls basketball team spread warmth to the community

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PITTSTON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WOLF) -- Players from the Lady Patriots basketball team canvassed Main Street in Pittston tonight, hanging scarves, gloves, and hats from light poles, parking meters, and even some trees.

Coach Kathy Healey got the idea from watching TV. She saw someone else doing it in another city and wanted to give back to her hometown of Pittston and teach her girls a lesson in the process.

“You drive through and you see a lot of people, you know sometimes they don’t have coats, sometimes they don’t have hats, sometimes they don’t have gloves and its zero degrees out so no questions asked. Whoever needs it can just come and take it,” Healey said.

Healey says each player brought about three or four items, while each coach brought five or six ending up with about 60 winter items to hang.

And along with each item, a note from the girls.

“Accept our warm gift for this time of year and we just hope that everyone enjoys them and the people that need,” senior Portia Weidlich said.

This is the second year the team has done this project, what they call a random act of kindness…

And they were thrilled to see the winter items disappear one by one last year.

This year they kicked the kindness up a notch, going to a local K-Mart on Sunday to pay off lay-aways for customers.

“One of the girls came to me and said coach, this year, instead of us paying $10 for Secret Santa for each other, why don’t we find someone else that can use that money. We can put it together and get something for someone else. So to me, that was a lightbulb moment,” Healey said.

“That’s why we do it. We just want to help them and let them know that we’re here to help them. Every year we’re going to do this from now on, so its great,” senior Andrea Ruby said.

If you want to help out and donate items, call the Pittston Area School District and ask for Coach Healey.

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