WINTER WARMTH: Students Collect Gear For Kids

Cooler weather means pulling out the winter coats. But, not everyone has a warm coat that fits. Students in two metro school districts are trying to fill that need this year. And, it’s fueling a little competition.

As students hurry through the halls of Waukee High School, it’s hard to miss the signs of service one group is trying promote. Sarah Nelson says, ‚ÄúThis is the Winter Warmth Drive.” This is the fifth year for the drive at Waukee High School. She says, “Got some sweat shirts, a lot of winter coats.”

Every school in the district is collecting coats, hats, gloves, scarves, boots, snow pants and anything to keep people warm. Nelson says, “Personally, I work at a daycare, so seeing children who don’t have a coat who need one, it’s really touching, so I just want to help them out as best as I can.”

And, it isn’t just the Waukee students collecting this year. Valley High School Senior Ben Weinberg says, “We saw the opportunity and loved the idea.” Students at Valley High School got on board, and are collecting the winter weather gear at most schools in the West Des Moines District. The items will go to non-profits and area schools to be distributed to people in need.

Organizer Tim Gaynor says, “And there are a lot of kids that show up in winter that don’t have coats and don’t have jackets, so we’ve provided hundreds of items to those schools, so they can hand it out to those students.”

Students say they don’t really have a goal. They just want to collect as much as they can, but each district would like to collect more than the other. Nelson says, “It’s not only inspiring to see other schools participate, but it also creates friendly competition, so we’re hoping that competition will bring in more items.”

The Winter Warmth Drive runs today through November 9th. You can drop off items at any Waukee school and at most West Des Moines Schools.

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