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Burlington figure skating show helps homeless

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Figure skaters will put on a show this weekend in Burlington; and if you go to watch, you can also help the homeless.

Burlington Parks and Recreation is hosting its annual holiday skating show, "The Gift," at Leddy Park Saturday. Along with featuring the talents of local figure skaters, the show has a social mission. Each year, one local high school senior, who is also a participant in the show, chooses a community service project that will benefit a local charitable organization. This year the Committee on Temporary Shelter will be the beneficiary of the donation-only admission to the show.

"We're asking people to give donations, like physical donations for the COTS shelter. So, we have a box at Leddy that people can put donations in: gift cards, blankets, necessities for the shelter. We're trying to make it teenager-based, because apparently, according to the woman, Jillian, I've been talking to from COTS, some of the teenagers are kind of, like, forgotten about when you give donations. People think of stuffed animals or toys are the perfect thing to give, but there are older kids at the shelter, too. So, she said not clothes, but gift cards to a mall so they can go buy their own clothes." explained Izette Kelly, a CVU senior and figure skater.

The show starts at 3 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 14, at Leddy Park in Burlington. Cash donations or new gifts will be accepted at the door.

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