CENTER MORICHES - A Center Moriches teen is doing her part to ensure that teenagers in the Westhampton community are getting the tools they need to succeed.
Ariana DeMattei, 13, founded an organization called BFFS, which stands for Backpacks for Fellow Students. Her organization aims to give students who have been negatively affected by the economy the supplies they will need to begin the school year.
The idea stemmed from her Bat Mitzvah project. She has been collecting backpacks and large amounts of supplies to go in them for the past year. The backpacks will go to children in need in the Westhampton area.
DeMattei received an award from the Westhampton Beach School District Board of Education, as well as a large card from her classmates, in appreciation of her contributions to the community.
DeMattei places boxes at schools to collect donations and says that 40 percent of the supplies received have been donations. She is already preparing for next September.
"I've always wanted to help people," DeMattei says.
For interview on Backpacks For Fellow Students, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.