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Love Your Neighbor makes community donation

Posted on: 04/25/2019

The Love Your Neighbor organization recently made a donation of stuffed animals and books to the Olean General Hospital emergency department. The donated items will be given to comfort young patients at the hospital.

Marshall and Jennifer Green, who founded the organization in 2017, purchase new children’s clothing, toys, books and maternity items at closeout prices and then donate them to hospitals, first responders and organizations to help children and new moms in need in Allegany, Cattaraugus and Steuben counties.

Marshall Green said he and his wife were shopping one day and noticed the children’s clothes were marked down 90 percent. As they were shopping for their five children, they decided to keep shopping. The $400 worth of clothes were put into “new mom gift bags” and delivered to maternity wards at Olean General Hospital and Jones Memorial Hospital. That act of kindness turned into additional purchases of stuffed animals and books. In addition to their own funds, the Greens started asking for donations. They were then able to start donating to hospitals and police stations to help children in dire or stressful situations.

“Many times, something as simple as a stuffed animal can give much needed comfort to a child coping with a tragic situation,” Marshall Green said. “We see the need to provide new clothes so parents and children can hold their head high and have an added sense of pride.”

All purchases are made by the Greens and from community donations. The cost of distribution and organization management is covered by the couple as well so that all donations directly help those who need it. Anyone wishing to donate can visit www.gofundme.com/love-your-neighbor-charity.

Pictured, in front, Josephine and Sammy Green, children of Marshall and Jennifer Green, present stuffed animals and books to staff at Olean General Hospital, from left, Jackie Woods, Denise Sorci, RN, Hillary McElwin, RN, and Roger Johnson, RN.

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