East graduate changing the world, one smile at a time

By PAM SCHIFF
Posted 9/29/21

When Emily Sanita graduated from Cranston High School East in 2020, she knew she wanted to change the world. And it wasn't too long after graduating, that she found her purpose. At the City Council meeting on Monday, Emily was recognized

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East graduate changing the world, one smile at a time

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When Emily Sanita graduated from Cranston High School East in 2020, she knew she wanted to change the world. And it wasn’t too long after graduating, that she found her purpose.

At the City Council meeting on Monday, Emily was recognized for a very special project.

Shawn O’Rourke at the Providence Rescue Mission told her of some very needy people.

“There were people who were homeless and freezing all winter. Emily took action. She collected over 200 blankets for those in need, and she’s continuing that effort with the goal of collecting 1,000 blankets,” Citywide Councilwoman Nicole Renzulli said.

Renzulli went on to say that Emily raised over $1,500 at her last fundraiser, and is planning a special movie night on Oct. 24 at the Atwood Avenue softball field to raise more money and collect blankets. The screening of “Hocus Pocus” begins at 6 p.m.

“Emily wants to change the world, one smile at a time to someone who needs it. She is one of the kindest people I have ever met. Emily, you are my inspiration,” Renzulli said as she presented Emily with a special citation from the City Council.

During her comments, Emily became emotional and had to wipe away tears.

“I can’t do this without everyone’s help. Even though I did this through the middle of the pandemic, somehow we all came together and managed to get it done. We worked as a team, and made it happen,” Emily said.

Steven Paiva from Mayor Ken Hopkins’s office also presented Emily with a special proclamation.

If you would like to donate a used (clean/washed) or new blanket, the Thirsty Beaver on Atwood Avenue is a drop-off center.

Follow Emily on Instagram (@therhodeislandgirl) for updates and information on her projects and events.

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