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11/28/2018 12:11:00 AM
Student Delivers Care Bags To Hesed House
Vanessa Cespedes carefully bags items for the residents at Hesed House (above) and in pictures below she is shown purchasing items, sorting them and then outside of Hesed House.(Photos Courtesy Monique Cespedes)
Vanessa Cespedes carefully bags items
for the residents at Hesed House (above)
and in pictures below she is shown
purchasing items, sorting them and
then outside of Hesed House.

(Photos Courtesy Monique Cespedes)

Monique Cespedes
LH Guest Writer

LINCOLNTON, N.C. - On Thanksgiving afternoon Vanessa Cespedes accompanied by her 8-year-old sister, Maya Cespedes, delivered 24 individual care bags filled with personal hygiene items to the residents of the Hesed House of Hope in Lincolnton.

In addition to the bagged items Vanessa purchased with her allowance money two dozen donuts and two bags filled with bananas to add to their Thanksgiving Day Table. She also purchased remaining hygiene Items needed to complete the bags and she bought each resident a pair of gloves.

Vanessa left 50 men’s tailored shirts, polos and sweaters for the 10 men at the shelter in which Vanessa received as a donation from her father, Jhonny Cespedes.

Vanessa and her sister spent about an hour at the shelter speaking to residents and as they thanked her with smiles and huge hugs!

One of the residents was really impressed to see such a young girl be down there on Thanksgiving Day handing out items she put together for “people like them.” Vanessa replied, “people like you? You are no different then me she replied - you are just going through something today - who knows we could be homeless tomorrow too!” The lady smiled and sucked Vanessa deep into the side of arm giving her a huge hug telling Vanessa she was truly a special girl and to keep up with being so generous!

Vanessa started the drive over a month ago with help from the Lincoln County YMCA who allowed her to place a box in their lobby to be a local drop off point for donated items/ Vanessa had huge success with items left by people and wants to thank everyone who donated. You helped make this possible!

A special thank you to Diedre at the front desk of Quality Inn in Lincolnton for donating the few items we needed at the last minute! You are awesome Diedre and didn’t think twice - thank you!

Vanessa would also like to thank the Staff at the YMCA, her parents and her little sister and the Director of the Hesed House.

As the Holidays are still in tow Vanessa wants to remind everyone that there are 24 gold hearted folks at the shelter and two young boys - who would appreciate at any time snacks, fruit or just about anything you had in your heart to leave them. Just don’t forget about them she says! We are a community and they are a part of our community and who knows one day it could be one of us in the shelter needing a little help too!

Hesed House is solely based off of volunteers- give the gift of donating to help keep the facility going!

Hesed House is located at 100 Ann Gaither Ct., Lincolnton, NC 28092.

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