Special-needs students help others through Blessings in a Backpack service

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Some special-needs students in East Hampton are stepping up to the plate to help kids in need.

The students in the Springs School District packed up bags full of food for fellow students who are less fortunate, while learning useful life skills as part of the Blessings in a Backpack program.

"We talk about things like how the cup of soup cannot be at the bottom of the heavy bag, so they really learned about those skills when packing boxes that can be translated to job skills very easily," says Kristy Lamonda, a special skills class teacher in the Springs School District.

Students pack up the food, which they also shop for using money donated by the community. After the students pack up 32 bags, they seal them with a special message and deliver them to students.

The students make sure their fellow students go home with a backpack full of food every weekend - not just on the holidays.

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