BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A group of local students have teamed up with a local nonprofit, the New England Patriots, and Chevy to help keep their community a little warmer this winter.
Like many high school sophomores, Gabriel Benavidez from Brookline had a lot of free time on his hands this past year. So he and his friends decided to do something to help others.
"We really wanted to give back to others who are less fortunate than us," Gabriel said. "So, you know, if we have all this time on our hands, why not?"
Gabriel and his friends at Brookline High School started a fundraiser called Brookline Cares, aimed at getting warm winter gear in the hands if those who need it the most; people experiencing homelessness. They've raised nearly $4,000 so far.
The Empowerment Plan, a nonprofit that hires homeless people to make jackets that turn into sleeping bags, turned out to be a perfect partner for Brookline Cares.
The two groups met up at Gillette Stadium on Saturday morning to load up three vans full of the Empowerment coats, destined for the guests currently residing at Boston's Pine Street Inn.
WBZ NewsRadio's Matt Shearer reports:
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