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Hartford High School student creates personal needs pantry for classmates

Courtesy: PiperReinhardt/ Hartford High School

HARDFORD, Mich. -- A West Michigan high school student is using a class project to help others.

The Hartford High School senior is creating a free pantry for her classmates in need of personal care items.

It all started as an English class project for Piper Reinhardt, and now it's going to leave a lasting impact at her school.

Hartford High is working with Reinhardt to provide a room for students to drop in and get what they need without having to ask for help.

“A lot of people in our community have government assistance for food and stuff but it does cover, you can't buy those special needs products so they just don't have them most of the time,” said Reinhardt.

Reinhardt says many of her classmates go without needed items like shampoo and feminine care products, and after researching the needs in her school she decided to do something about it.

“We did some research and found that kids miss two to three days a week because they don't have clean clothes because they don't have laundry soap or they can't wash their hair so they don't want to come to school because it's embarrassing,” said Reinhardt.

She's collecting donations of items like shampoo, body wash, feminine products, deodorant, tooth paste and tooth brushes.

The school's National Honor Society has volunteered to continue running the pantry once Reinhardt graduates next year.

Walmart just gave the school a $500 grant to kick off their fundraising and they have a GoFundMe account.

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