Skate for Change collection drive underway

Krystle Wagner • Apr 23, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Some local students are skating to make a difference.

Spring Lake High School seniors Abby Love and Colin O'Neill started the Grand Rapids chapter of Skate for Change. Now through April 29, they’re collecting items such as new socks, hygiene products, gloves and hats.

They plan to distribute the items by skateboarding, skating or walking throughout downtown Grand Rapids on April 30 to homeless individuals.

Donation boxes will be placed in Spring Lake Public Schools offices, as well as participating churches and businesses.

Love and O'Neill, both 18, started the local chapter of the worldwide non-profit organization last fall.

About 15 people participated in the first event in November when they distributed hats and gloves. Now, Love and O'Neill said they hope more classmates get involved this time.

Spring Lake High School teacher Jennifer Gwinnup, the adviser for the local Skate for Change, said she’s proud of the heart the students have for individuals who are homeless.

O'Neill said it feels good raising awareness and taking action.

“It feels good to give back and to make a difference,” he said.

Anyone can join in distributing the donations. The group plans to meet at 4:30 p.m. April 30 at Premier Skate in Grand Rapids.

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