Helping the homeless in Chicopee

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Every Sunday in a Chicopee parking lot, Elms College nursing students provide the homeless gift bags with the necessities that we might take for granted.

“It really shows how much It’s needed in the community, the under served population,” said Amanda Smith an Elms College nursing student.

Today the homeless were helped with their health problems, there was an eye mobile along with various other kinds of health testing for their well being.

One homeless man told 22News just how much he appreciates this concern.

“It was awesome, you come here they’re very kind, hey they go out of their way to give us what we need, it’s beautiful,” said Darren Sherokow who is homeless.

Granby High School students also shared the experience of giving. As part of their school wide project, they collected items for everyday living that the homeless just can’t afford to buy.  And this has made quite an impression on the teenagers.

“It’s definitely very rewarding seeing people not as fortunate as us, the smiles on these peoples faces we take things for granted,” said Jen Cadigan a Granby High School senior.

Those who don’t have a permanent place to live, and whose futures are uncertain at best, find some type of stability every Sunday at a parking lot in Chicopee. It’s where they meet people devoted to helping them.

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