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The Global Voice With Susan Piontek

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THE LITTLE BIT FOUNDATION - This week I will be interviewing the “Little Bit Foundation” a St. Louis based not-for- profit organization that was born out of a need to provide the basic essentials for children in need in the St. Louis area. It all began over 6 years ago with a request by one of the public schools to provide coats for children who otherwise would have been cold during the long winter months. Two mothers, Rosemary Hanley and Elise Tierney, began their collection and invited others to join them, little did they know their generosity would have far reaching effects. Before they knew it ,the donations had burgeoned and they were setting up a small warehouse in a school. Coats,shoes, hygiene items, book bags( to name a few of the items collected) began to arrive and the “Little Bit Foundation” grew. Today, they are serving over 3,000 children in 13 schools. A personal relationship is built with each of the 13 schools. The faculty, the staff and most importantly the children anticipate the days when the ladies from “The Little Bit Foundation” will be at their school.The children know the volunteers and are excited to see them each week; the feelings are mutual. By fulfilling these children’s most basic needs, the children are able to focus their attention on school and learning. This philosophy has far reaching implications. It helps build a stronger and more trusting community and is a reflection on just how much difference just “a little bit” can make.

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