Olathe girls give thanks this holiday season by giving back

OLATHE, Kan. --- The holiday season is all about giving, reminding us to be thankful for what we have and giving back to those less fortunate.

Two local sisters decided giving to others this season would be better than receiving gifts, so they started The Nova Project.

Samantha Fox is a senior at Kansas State University. She's majoring in criminology and sociology, but was worried about what comes after graduation.

"What am I going to do with my degree? I have no idea what I'm going to do,” said Fox.

Taking advice from her mom, she came up with the idea.

"'Your degree is in the study of society, so why don't you just go out and help people?' I was like, that's an awesome idea,” said Fox.

'Nova' means 'new' -- and Fox said it was the perfect fit for the project.

"We're sending out new blessings, new hopes, new joys, new stuff,” she said.

The girls are filling bags full of clothing and hygiene products to give to the homeless, but they hope to make an even bigger impact.

"Just show them that they are important and that they can do anything they want to, no matter the circumstances,” said Danielle, Samantha's sister.

The girls are still in need of donations. They hope to come up with enough to fill dozens of bags.

"I'm so excited to get out there and bless people,” said Samantha.

On December 1, Samantha and Danielle will start handing out the bags to those in need around the metro area.

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