New Canaan students help Norwalk families
Updated 1:11 pm, Monday, January 14, 2013
The New Canaan students learned about Breakthrough Options for Families Inc. after reading an online article a few days before Thanksgiving. They needed volunteer hours for their confirmation class at St. Aloysius Parish and thought that helping the organization would be a good idea.
They collected items from families and filled the back of a Honda Pilot with soaps, mops, clothing and food. They brought the items to Akisha Cassermere, the founder of Breakthrough Options for Families.
The students found out about a holiday party planned for Dec. 21 that was organized by Cassermere, so they gathered a car full of desserts.
Cassermere, who previously worked as a case worker at Malta House in Norwalk, formed Breakthrough Options for Families to reach out to single-parent families in Norwalk that need help to make ends meet. As a single mom herself, with a special-needs son, Cassermere understands what it means to need help.
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"It was so rewarding to see the smiles on the kid's faces, when they saw the decorated cookies and cupcakes," said Josh Kloud, one of the New Canaan volunteers.