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Citizen U Gives Back For The Holidays

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By Brianna Case.
Food drives are a big part of the holiday season.

"This time during Thanksgiving, a lot of people don't have stuff. i was in that situation a couple times," said Nyangenga Kol.

A reason why Nyangenga Kol decided to give back.

Kol along with members of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County's 4-H Citizen U program teamed up with the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse, or CHOW to give back to the homeless youth.

"To volunteer it's like me giving up my time and to help out other people, and that's important," said Nyangenga Kol.

Their goal is to fill this camper all the way up with food in order to stock the shelves of food pantries.

"We haven't really done food drives, but this year we thought it was a good idea especially since this week is national homeless and hunger awareness and it's around the holidays, so it's a good time to give back to those who don't have as much as we do," said Kiara Walker, volunteer.

Hunger hits home to these volunteers and that is exactly why they are here today.

"Last year my mom was laid off and she wasn't making much money, so we had to rely on things like donations, so being out of that situation i kind of wanted to help people who are in that situation," said Mikayla, Volunteer.

The high school volunteers gave each donor free hot chocolate and warm cider to show their appreciation.

Once the truck is full, it will go to chow where the food will be to delivered those who need it, just in time for the holidays.

"I know it's hard for a lot of people and everybody is going through a lot so it's nice to give back," said Mikayla.

It's a tradition they hope to continue for many holidays in the future.