Community Urged to Help Children Stay Warm This Winter

MOUNT OLIVE – While temperatures are still warm it will not be long until winter is upon us. For the sixth straight year, University of Mount Olive Collegiate FFA is soliciting donations from the community to supply needy children with warm winter coats.

According to CFFA President Edward Olive, the need this year is greater than ever before. “We plan to supply coats to over 120 children at Carver Elementary School this year,” Olive said.  “That number has increased significantly from last year.”

Sophomore CFFA Vice President Alaina Airheart states, “This project is important to CFFA as we look at ways to give back to our community. The generosity of the community, both businesses and individuals, has made this effort a huge success in previous years.”

Coats will be acquired from the Coats for Kids Organization. Hats and gloves will be provided through other donors or acquired funds. Donations received are tax deductible. All donors are notified of the distribution date and are invited to attend.

“The look in the children’s eyes when we distribute the coats is like Santa just arrived,” explains Meagan Parsons, a freshman CFFA officer.

“This experience has been beneficial to the children receiving coats, but the true benefactors of the project are the participating CFFA students,” states Dr. Sandy Maddox CFFA Club Advisor, “This effort has become a tradition and truly builds character and a community service commitment from our students.”

If you have questions about the program or would like to make a donation, please contact Dr. Maddox at 919-658-7682 for more information.

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