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Scranton Third Grader Collects More Than 400 Items In Winter Coat Drive

December 20, 2018

SCRANTON — The man on the sidewalk in Times Square needed $20 to find a warm bed. Brennan Snyder, a West Scranton 8-year-old, reached into his pocket and gave the man a couple of dollars. “God bless you,” the man said. Brennan turned away in tears and with a purpose. When Brennan returned from New York City last month, he researched homelessness and came up with a plan. He spoke to his principal at Isaac Tripp Elementary School, and with the help of his mom, Sabrina Santucci, Brennan started collecting coats, blankets and other winter clothing. As of this week, Brennan has collected more than 400 items to donate to shelters and organizations that help those in need. “Always help people when you can help them,” Brennan said. “I really wanted to do something.” Brennan put a donation box at his school, and the owners of Salted Pixie in Archbald and Armetta’s in South Abington Twp. reached out to help collect donations. Brennan set a goal of 50 items. Coats now cover his family’s dining room table. A box overflowing with hats and gloves sits on the floor. Brennan hopes to make the winter warmth drive an annual event. “It’s very heartwarming,” Santucci said. “He’s so young and he has a bigger heart than most … he always puts others before himself.” Brennan began distributing the blankets last week locally. “It makes me feel really good,” Brennan said. Contact the writer: shofius@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9133; @hofiushallTT on Twitter