A local high school group presented coats and other outerwear to the Neosho Daily News’ Project Warmth program recently.
Trent Hayes and Kyleigh Copley, members of Diamond High School’s National Honor Society, delivered a total of 41 coats to the newspaper’s office. This was their second year to participate in the program.
Hayes said that last year, they opened the coat drive just for their honor society.
“This year, we opened up for the whole school to donate coats, so we have more turnout with more,” he said.
The drive went well beyond just coats.
“We were asking for coats that they had, or hats or gloves, scarves, anything more wintertime,” Copley said.
Each month, the NHS has a service project. This was their project for December.
Hayes said he is pleased with the turnout.
“I think that it is a lot better when more people donate,” he said. “It is just showing that it is not just our society that is interested in serving others, it is the whole school. We are all interested in helping others.”
Copley is honored to be a part of the society and to be a part of this program.
“I am really honored, it is really awesome when you get everyone involved to work toward a common goal,” she said. “It was so amazing that so many people donated coats that were not even in National Honor Society. Everyone helped out.”
The coats will be given away on Saturday, at the former Auto Tech building on North College, where the annual Newton County Food Basket Brigade will be held.