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Wyandotte Students Collecting Items for Boy Struck by Train

A donation drive is under way through June 1 for goods such as hand sanitizer and washcloths.

Fresh off their successful for a teen struck by a train, students are now collecting items to help in their classmate's recovery.

Marketing students from the school's DECA chapter are holding a donation drive for Jacob Marion, the 14-year-old boy critically injured Feb. 28.

The Roosevelt freshman and is now being cared for at home.

Marketing teacher Elissa Cumiskey visited Jacob recently and decided to get her 168 DECA students involved in collecting some goods that his family says are in high need and aren't covered by insurance.

"We do a wide variety of projects through DECA and community service is one of the areas we focus on," Cumiskey said. "It's just trying to teach the kids to be good citizens. We will use this information for a project next year for DECA ... on how we locally helped out our community."

Donations are being accepted at the high school through June 1.

Two months ago, the students embarked on a similar community service project by designing and selling "Team Jacob" shirts as a fundraiser for Jacob's family.

"I thought it would be awesome to raise $1,000," Cumiskey said. "I ordered like 200 shirts thinking that would be a good start and it kept growing and growing and growing. It definitely blew me away."

At last count, she said, they have sold 1,743 shirts, raising $14,000 for Jacob's family.

"It's amazing the response we've received, both from the students and the community," Cumiskey said.

Here are the items being collected:

  • Cotton Balls (preferably cotton swabs on sticks)
  • Flat Twin Mattress Sheets (new or used)
  • Fitted Hospital Bed Sheets
  • Baby Wipes
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Scented Mini Disposable Bags
  • Soft White Washcloths
  • Face Masks
  • Distilled Water
  • Bed Pads
  • Monetary Donations

For more information, call Cumiskey at 734-759-5100.

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