Emma and Jack Latherow

 Emma and Jack Latherow sit in front of the Easter baskets that will be donated to Ramey-Estep Homes. Submitted photo.

Ashland twins help community with service projects

by rachel adkins

the daily independent

ASHLAND Jack and Emma Latherow are two peas in a pod when it comes to helping the less fortunate and it isn’t just because they’re twins.

The two Paul G. Blazer High School freshmen have a passion for helping others in the community and have been making their own difference since 2016 after forming Twincats for a Cause, their own service project platform.

The duo is now working on their most recent project that involves putting together 80 Easter baskets for those at the Ramey-Estep Homes.

“They’re not with loved ones on Easter so we wanted to send them Easter baskets to know that they’re being thought of,” said Emma.

The project also includes the involvement of many other students as well—a goal that Twincats for a Cause strives to achieve with their projects.

Three art classes at Blazer have helped with decorating the baskets, totaling around 75 students overall, with the guidance of art teacher Jennifer Spade. Thirty Ashland Middle School Student Council members have created bracelets as well with the help of AMS teacher Rebekah Williams that will go inside the baskets.

Community donations have also played a big role with other basket items. Local churches have contributed candy and Bibles and Walmart funded the grass filling. In addition, the baskets will contain colored pencils, adult coloring books and decks of cards.

Jack touched on why the pair was drawn to Ramey-Estep saying they simply just saw a need.

“We saw that they were less fortunate and we wanted to take advantage of that,” he said.

The Easter baskets will be the fourth major project the Twincats have been involved in. Others include Re-stock the Resource Centers to benefit Ashland schools and Donate a Blanket and Warm Your Heart where they collected over 100 blankets and donated them to Safe Harbor and The Neighborhood.

After completing a project, Jack and Emma said they are both left with a sense of pride and accomplishment.

“It feels awesome. It keeps us humble and we just like to see that the need has been met and we can help out,” said Jack.

“We’ve been very fortunate in our lives to have everything that we need and just seeing these needs that are basic needs for others that we have in our everyday lives … it’s very humbling and we’re so thankful that we get to help out these people and get to share our love with them,” said Emma.

For more information on the Twincats or to keep up with their projects visit their Facebook page, Twincats for a Cause or go to www.twincats.net.

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