High school students organize a collection of school supplies

Local high school students are teaming up with nonprofit group In the Gap to collect back-to-school items for more than 100 families in need ahead of the 2021-2022 school year.

In the Gap, which was founded by Glenn Wooten of Leesburg, aims to help people in need who don’t quite qualify financially for government assistance. Wooten describes the organization as a “movement”. The movement has spread among high school students seeking to make a difference.

“We’re trying to start a movement where people aren’t sitting on the sidelines,” Wooten said.

Lyndsay Goodwin, a senior at Broad Run High School, started a group called Teens for Christ, which focuses on community outreach. She and other high school students solicited donations and helped the In the Gap movement.

“Honestly, I’ve always had a passion and a heart that calls me to help others… We’ve seen lives changed first hand and seeing families not getting the help they need is heartbreaking,” said said Goodwin.

Wooten is delighted with the help he has received from young people in the community.

“People like Lyndsay are great, teenagers. If they stay excited and keep going, we can do great things,” Wooten said. “People need to get out, volunteer and give back.”

Individuals can donate gently used and new items such as backpacks, notebooks, pens, pencils, coats, hats and gloves. All items must be donated by August 15, before the August 16 distribution date to beneficiary families.

Donations can be dropped off at Axes and O’s, 21680 Ridgetop Circle Suite 125, in Sterling.

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