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Parchment student-athlete collects donations for Boys and Girls Club

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Parchment's Allison Geiger prepares for volleyball practice. Off the court, she collects donations to make care packages for the Boys and Girls Club . (WWMT/Contributed)

The 2020 school year has presented challenges for many West Michigan high school students. On top of adjusting to a new way of learning, some families are still struggling to makes ends meets.

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That's why Allison Geiger said she wanted to help.

“I am making small care packages," Geiger said. "They will contain toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, hand sanitizer, shampoo and conditioner."

The care packages will eventually be delivered to the Boys and Girls Club.

“My family has always made sure I had everything I needed," Geiger said.. "I know a lot of parents work really hard to get their kids what they need and I know sometimes bills come before getting shampoo.”

Geiger said she reached out to the Parchment High School community and they delivered. They donated money and cans for her to turn in for cash.

"In just five days we raised over $150 dollars," Geiger said.

Geiger said the generosity the community quickly showed is pretty typical of Parchment.

"Our town has struggled before. We know what it's like for kids to need stuff and they’ve been really great about making sure I get the donations so I can give it to the Boys and Girls Club," Geiger said. "You can't ask for a better community than this."

Geiger said she does not gave a grand total she hopes to reach while collecting donations, but if she has the money, she will keep delivering the care packages throughout the rest of the school year.

Anyone who wants to donate, can email Allison at allisongeiger@icloud.com

The Panthers host the Kalamazoo United Titans at 7 p.m. Friday. The game is the third of the year for both teams because state-ordered COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings put the Michigan high school football season on hold.

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The Kalamazoo United at Parchment matchup is the Football Fever Game of the Week. The game was selected by fans, with 52% of the vote; and News Channel 3 will be there to cover the action Friday night.

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