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From the outside.. It looks like any other house on the block. 

But on the inside - good deeds are being done day after day. 

In August - two long time friends came together to make something special -  a community closet. 

A place where student of any age could come to get the tools they need to succeed in school. 

Providing everything from binders to pencils - Cheryle Comark and Bonnie Donnell created a place where no child would have to feel ashamed for not having something. 

A place where kids could be confident in their education. 

"When we see our customers - the students come in and get what they need, thy can go to school with the tools they need," says Donnell, "It gives them a sense of satisfaction and some self-confidence."

And their efforts aren't going un-noticed by the community. 

Several educator have been utilizing the closet to help their students. 

And it's doing more than just raising grades. 

"It's the self esteem," says St. Andrews' School Principal, Bill Lemmer, "Why does everybody have this and I don't? Why can't I have this? It helps raise their level of self esteem know hey. I'm just like everybody else."

Lemmer went onto explain that while having this program in any community would be a blessing - having it in Sterling and Rock Falls is a major lift to a struggling area. 

"We are in an area where the economy is very depressed... And for them to be able to have the necessities of education: pencils, pens, paper at no cost? It's a big benefit to the area."

But for the ladies at the supply at the supply closet.. They say their reward is simply - a smile. 

"With every student that comes in... We know were doing what needs to be done," says Donnell, "We know that this is a good thing. It's heartwarming and it's such a blessing."

 

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