Asnuntuck Community College students developed a new community service initiative in the weeks preceding the holiday season.  The Criminal Justice students from the Police and the Community class teamed together with the program’s Fitness Club to begin the “Boots, Books and Blankets” service activity.  The student-led effort solicited new and gently used footwear, reading materials and blankets to be distributed through various charity organizations in the Enfield area.  “I think it was great, how we came together as a group, developed an idea and followed through,” said Rachel Mooney, an Asnuntuck Criminal Justice student.  “I think we had a great group of students to complete our mission!”  The Criminal Justice students collected 17 new pairs of boots or shoes, 155 books and 11 new blankets for distribution through the Enfield Social Services, the Network Against Domestic Abuse, and the St. Patrick’s Church A&P Store.  “It’s our responsibility as members of the community to help and protect one another,” said Lisa Lemery, one of the Criminal Justice Fitness Club members.  “I can’t believe how quickly we brought this together.”  The students began their collection drive in early November, and ended about a month later.  Students wanted to do something “a bit different” for their service project that is a part of their Police and the Community course.  They designed the “Boots, Books and Blankets” effort as something that would be unique to the Asnuntuck Criminal Justice program, and that could be sustained throughout the year.  Kim Hess, Secretary of the Criminal Justice Fitness Club said, “We have made connections in the Enfield area because of the charity that our class created.  It can help those currently in need and will give our club something to work toward in the future.  That, alone, is an amazing thing.”  Kevin Kaselouskas, added, “I feel as if I had a small part in helping my community be a better place.”