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Muscatine Sisters Raise Thousands for Homeless through Coins for Christmas Fundraiser

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The Muscatine Center for Social Action is set to get thousands of dollars in donations thanks to two fourth grade sisters at Grant Elementary.
 
Twins Emma and Abigail Yerington wrapped up their "Coins for Christmas" fundraiser Wednesday afternoon.

At just 10 years old – the pair is proof the smallest people can have the biggest hearts. The Yeringtons, along with their mother, father and sister, passed out treats to everyone in school Wednesday afternoon as they collected the donation boxes they had placed in each classroom.
 
The Yeringtons said it's their way of saying thank you to their peers, teachers and school staff for donating to the fundraiser -- An effort they started when they were just 8 years old -- after reading a story in class about a homeless family living in an airport.
 
"Some kids don't get presents, and Santa doesn't come," said Emma.
 
But since starting the effort -- the Yerington family has been able to lend Santa a helping hand at the local homeless shelter, MCSA.
 
The girls said they raised $2,500 in the first year of the fundraiser, $3,100 the next, and have a goal of $4,000 this year -- All used to buy gifts and supplies for people at the shelter on Christmas.
 
"For us to see the youth come in here so excited and wanting to help and to have that need to help - it makes you feel really good," said Maggie Curry, Executive Director at MCSA.
 
"I think about it as if maybe if I were one of them, maybe other people would help me too, said Abigail. "Helping is just a really good thing to do."
 
And since word of their project has gotten out -- the girls say the whole community is pitching in.
 
"We will have people come in off the street into the school and they've heard about Coins for Christmas and they'd like to give a donation," said Principal Becky Wichers. "Anywhere from coins to the other day a man stopped by with $40 and just wanted to donate to Coins for Christmas."
 
The Yerington twins also received a $1,900 grant for Coins for Christmas from the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine. The girls say a large part of that money will go toward buying new mattresses for MCSA.
 
The shelter also got several other large donations Wednesday afternoon. Colorado Elementary School dropped off several boxes full of supplies to help the shelter get through the year and the Salvation Army donated Christmas gift bags full of enough food to feed 60 people at the shelter.
 
MCSA said donations make up about 50 percent of its budget -- so it's comforting to see so much community support. The shelter said it's also looking for more donations of pillows, blankets, microwaves, refrigerators, men's stocking caps, and any monetary donations.

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