By Sophia Hall

WOODBURY, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Ten college students on Long Island did not let the freezing cold weather stop them from doing a good deed for charity.

While the thermometer read 23 degrees Saturday in Woodbury, it did not deter bundled-up Penn State students from standing on the side of Jericho Turnpike to collect money for kids with cancer.

“It’s cold, but we’re all layered up. We knew this is coming,” Courtney Scenes told WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall speaks with the students about their charity work

The money will go to parents who have children with the illness. The students said they hoped to raise over $3,000 this weekend and found the area to be especially benevolent, with one woman donating a $100 bill.

“Especially out here — people have been very generous,” Anthony Perna said.

Perna said the students have specific families they support and sponsor in addition to playing a significant personal role.

“We go out bowling with them. We take them out to dinner. We just kind of play video games with them all weekend. [It’s] something they really look forward to,” Perna said.

The students said they hoped their efforts would pay off for a worthy cause.

“We’re out here raising money for the weekend, so if we’re going to be out here…we want to be working as hard as we can,” Perna said.

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