Spirit of giving alive at Hammondsport school

Staff reports

To the Editor,

At this time of ultimate giving, I would like to express my gratitude, from the bottom of my heart to the adults and students of Hammondsport for their selflessness.

We started the "Isabel Project" last March. It is named for a locally-born little girl, Isabel Dupuy, who, at 10 years old, tragically lost her life in a car accident. The Isabel Project first started with local seamstresses creating 30 hand-made sundresses to go to a refugee camp in Uganda where my son and his wife had been volunteering.  Our second project has been to create and purchase fleece pants, tops and winter outerwear for poverty stricken children in Appalachia.

We have a truckload of items to go to Kentucky,  thanks to caring adults and wonderful students.  The Hammondsport Student Council lead a drive at school for gently used and new outerwear,  Thanks to the energy and compassion of student leaders like Brooke Clark, Sydney Farmer and Lauren Binnert, we were able to collect boxes and boxes of items and sew labels on every item.  Ms. Farmer has also been creating a brochure in what little free time she has.

We have no plans to stop our projects and they are open to ANYONE who would like to participate, seamstress or not. As we grow as a registered non-profit, we are in need of fund-raisers, volunteer coordinators, shoppers, sorters and just people who care about all the children in the world,  If you would like to help us, please e-mail me at nancytorp@yahoo.com.

God bless you all in this season of love.

Nancy Torp

Isabel Project


Hammondsport, NY