A Westhampton Beach student recently wrapped up the winter season with a clothing collection that gathered nearly 250 items for local residents.
Grace O’Hare, a junior at Westhampton Beach High School, donated the winter items to the Family Service League and Maureen’s Haven in Riverhead. Her effort, titled “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” was held throughout February.
The 17-year-old said she got the idea after helping her mother with a holiday toy drive to benefit families in need through the Family Service League.
“I felt that if they don’t have enough money for toys, then they don’t have enough for warm clothes either,” O’Hare said. “I was really happy with the outcome . . . We do live in the Hamptons, which is not necessarily known for having a poverty rate, so I think some people get overlooked.”
In addition to the collection, O’Hare said she raised $400 through four bake sales for the purchase of clothing and received donations of almost $100 in gift cards to various retail stores. The donated and purchased clothing ranged from sweatshirts to socks to winter hats, gloves and scarves, she said.
O’Hare also is secretary of her school’s Rotary/Interact Club and plays junior varsity tennis. She has volunteered for the past four years at the Family Service League’s summer gala.