The Easthampton Community Center recently lost its funding from the city. Nearly 1,000 families turn to the center for help.
Today, 16-year-old Courtney Cowen held a canned food drive and clothing event to benefit the organization.
Instead of a party this year for her birthday, she told her mother she wanted to do something different.
"My mom asked me what I wanted to do for my birthday, and at first I wanted a sweet 16. But, then I realized I kind of have everything I want. I don't really need anything. And then I realized that there were people out, in the streets and stuff, that don't really have stuff. So, I was like why not donate clothes to homeless people," said Cowen.
The city has come up with a way to fund the Community Center's Summer Children's Meal program.
251 children, benefit from the program.
Courtney has set up a go fund me page online with a goal of $2,000 to assist.
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