YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. --Yorktown students are helping to give back those facing a tragic loss, inspired by a Mahopac family
Strang Middle School students participated in theJennaJackPack Project. The new charity seeks to empower students to show concern and care for classmates who have experienced the unexpected loss of a parent or a sibling.
Cathy Nolan of Mahopac, who lost her 14-year-old daughter Jenna three years ago, said the efforts of other children helped her son find comfort when his older sister died suddenly.
One child, Johnny Bernardi, delivered a basket of her Nolan's son's favorite treats after Jenna died.
“This simple, empathetic act really had a positive impact upon my son. One child helping another really makes a difference,” said Nolan.
The JennaJackPack Project is also named for Jack Egan Reyna, who died in 2012 at age 13.