NORTHFIELD CENTER Nordonia High School junior Kendra Lippincott helped make Easter happen for some local families by donating more than 100 Easter baskets to The Emergency Assistance Center.

Lippincott, 16, said she started the tradition last year after a neighbor who was getting rid of things had around 40-50 baskets in their garage. She said she wanted to find a purpose for them and decided to make Easter baskets to donate. Lippincott said she posted on Facebook that she was looking for items to fill the baskets with and gathered donations. She ended up donating 67 baskets in 2016 to TEAC.

She said this year, she created more than 100 baskets, but lost count of the exact total.

Joyce Hunt, Executive Director at TEAC, said the baskets are a great help for families with "little ones."

"We're thrilled to have people in the community who think of others, especially children, during the holidays," Hunt said. "How remarkable a high school student would have the passion to spend the time to do this. Without this, these kids might not see an Easter basket."

Lippincott said she plans to continue to make Easter baskets and is accepting donations of baskets and items to fill them for next year.

Lippincott isn't the only student helping TEAC. Nordonia Middle School student Jennifer Tomak recently delivered and set up a fish tank with two goldfish named Squirt and Bubbles to the lobby area of TEAC. The fish and tank came from the middle school's Community Problem Solving Team of Jennifer Tomak, Bailey Coon, Cole Gabel, Claire Kremyar, Elizabeth Waight, Raymond Tao, Julia Walsh, Taniah Thomas, Mason Granke and advised by Laura Collins.

"They wanted to add some cheer and peacefulness to the Center, especailly when clients bring in their young children," Hunt said.

Briana Barker: 330-541-9432