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Hope-filled students meet assistance dogs

 

The Scotts Ridge Pockets of Hope philanthropy club recently hosted guests — both two-legged and four-legged — from East Coast Assistance Dogs (ECAD). Gucci (left front) works with a 6-year-old student with Asperger’s syndrome, while Brady (right) assists a U.S. veteran who fought in Afghanistan and is coping with PTSD. Shown are, kneeling, from left, Ty Howley, Riley Morrison, Kayla Fisher, Caroline Dyson, Megan Keough, and Lauren Dyson, and standing, Dustin George, Andrew Mathes, Anthony Borrello, Keaton Nickelsen, Sydnie DeMarco, Barb Jennes (teacher-adviser), Grace Courtney, and ECAD trainer Heather O’Brien-Rothmann. ECAD is one of the many local and regional nonprofit organizations for which Pockets of Hope members will provide both financial and hands-on support this year. Anyone aware of an agency that could benefit from Pockets of Hope members’ assistance may contact the club at bjennes@ridgefield.org.

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