Two local women donate 36 care packages to help the homeless

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Donna Depersis of Endicott and Stephanie Safranek of Windsor joined forces to make a difference in the community.

“She had posted on Facebook that her daughter wanted to do something for the homeless, so I got together with her and this little care package idea was born,” said Depersis.

The mastermind behind the idea was eight-year-old Brooke Safranek, Stephanie’s daughter.

“It’s been my dream to help the homeless people since I was six or seven,” she said.

The two women and little girl teamed up with the help of family and friends to create 36 care packages for the Southern Tier Homeless Coalition.

It’s a nonprofit organization providing solutions for homelessness in the Southern Tier.

Each bag contains a handmade blanket and toiletries.

“These blankets and these care packages will go right to one of three outreach teams that we have in the Binghamton area for folks who are sleeping on our streets each night or those who are in shelter,” said Southern Tier Homeless Coalition COC Coordinator Rebecca Rathmell.

Rathmell says the kind gesture will go a long way.

“It’s not only a boost to our member agencies and to the folks that are receiving those packages but it lets them walk away in hand with the things they need,” added Rathmell.

Stephanie Safranek and Depersis say they don’t need anything in return.

“I’ve done a good thing and somebody’s warmer because of me, because of us, that’s what’s important,” said Depersis.

If you’d like to learn more about the Southern Tier Homeless Coalition, click here and here.

Esperanza Gutierrez

Esperanza Gutierrez

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