Athens Parents for Participation sponsored a coat drive at the four elementary schools and the middle school, from November 3 to November 14. We are now writing to say THANK YOU for your great generosity and enthusiastic participation. We are extremely proud to report that all of our school communities rose to the occasion and overwhelmed the donation boxes. Just before the first reappearance of the dreaded polar vortex, we made our first delivery, with 30 coats, 20 hats, and 9 pairs of gloves (all collected in the first two days of the drive!) We started the drive just as the weather turned, and in two days, made our first delivery:
30 coats, 20 hats, and 10 pairs of gloves…all distributed to help keep our neighbors warm.
BUT…that was nowhere near the extent of your generosity. At the end of the drive, we collected overflowing boxes at every school. Not only were the boxes jam-packed with coats, there were also bags of hats, gloves, and scarves!
We estimate 15-20 coats per box, depending on coat size, for a total of 60-80 coats. All of the bags in the pictures also contain winter gear. These boxes were delivered during the coldest days so far this year, and children are wearing those items right now. The social worker had already received calls from parents worried about the upcoming winter. YOU answered those calls!
The board of Athens Parents for Participation and the children of our district thank you for your generosity. Next time the weather forecast calls for freezing temperatures, your donations will be keeping our neighbors warm, whether walking to/from school, waiting at the bus stop or on the school playground.