STROUD TOWNSHIP — Although Christmas has passed, one teenager in the Poconos is still in the giving spirit.
She’s doing what she can to warm the hands of children in need.Last year, she collected 400 pairs of gloves and this year she’s hoping to double that number.
As you’re ordering a meal at Five Guys Burgers and Fries restaurant outside Stroudsburg, you may notice a colorful collection of children’s winter gloves on the counter, near the registers. This collection is for children in need in the community, a collection that Janice Negvesky, 13, of Pocono Manor started two years ago.
“It became very obvious most children can’t afford the necessities they need for this kind of climate up here so I wanted to get them something for their hands and I said, ‘why not gloves’?”, said Negvesky.
Janice says since she was little, she and her family have made it a goal to give back to the community and to those in need. So Janice created the “Five Fingers Glove Giveaway” to collect children’s gloves as a way to further help others.
Bins can be found at Five Guys Burgers and Fries locations outside Stroudsburg, in the Lehigh Valley, and near Scranton.
“Hands come in all shapes and sizes so we would love any size glove,” said Negvesky.
The charity has become a family affair, with her little brother Gerald, who helps sort the colors and count the gloves collected. Her sister Elizabeth also pitches in.
“It’s a good feeling, helping people, and knowing you’re helping people you’re own age,” said Elizabeth Negvesky.
One organization that receives the donated gloves is Pocono Area Transitional Housing in Stroudsburg. It’s a place where families who are homeless, and their children, will stay and receive help until they can get a home of their own.
Last year the charity was able to donate 30 pairs of gloves to the children at Pocono Area Transitional Housing.
“I think it’s very important for the community to get involved and help the community. I hope it can become a national thing,” said Janice Negvesky.
Gloves donated at the Five Guys Burgers and Fries location in Dickson City go to the St. Francis of Assisi Shelter in Scranton.
Collection at all locations ends New Year’s Eve.