Shelby County Schools hold winter clothing drive for students

SCS collecting coats and toys for 'Operation Warm Hearts'

SHELBY COUNTY, TN (WMC) - Every year, more than 50,000 children in Shelby County go without winter clothing.

On Tuesday, you can help warm those kids’ hearts and more.

The Shelby County School District is holding their annual “Operation Warm Hearts” clothing drive from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. in front of the Board of Education.

“Forty thousand of our students' families make less than $10,000 a year. Something simple like you and me to have the coat makes an impact because it’s the difference of bringing a meal to the family that evening or not,” Natalia Powers, SCS chief of communications, said.

Kingsbury Elementary Principal Wynne Earle Jr. said many students skip school because they don’t have warm coats.

“A lot of our kids walk to school,” Earle said. “So if they have a warm coat they can stay away from the elements. The more they can come to school, the more they can learn. If they are learning better, they are achieving more, growing more."

Shelby County Schools to hold winter clothing drive for students

“We want to make sure they have everything they need, we want to remove any obstacles so when they come into our buildings they’re ready to learn,” Powers said.

“For me it’s important to service our students and our students' families. It’s been so cold,” Cathy Hart, who donated, said.

ServiceMaster also donated $5,000 to Operation Warm Hearts.

Below are the items they are collecting for students:

  • Coats
  • Jackets
  • Pullovers
  • Hats & Gloves
  • Scarves
  • New, unwrapped toys

You can make a monetary donation online. To learn more, click here.

If you would like to get your child a donated coat, let your child’s school know.

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