SHELBY COUNTY, TN (WMC) - Temperatures are not quite at typical fall or winter levels yet, but when they inevitably get there, some local children could be without proper winter attire.
One group is working to make sure that will not be a problem this winter.
Now through December 4, Shelby County Schools are asking for support to make Operation: Warm Hearts a success.
They are collecting new or gently used items like coats, pullovers, hats, gloves, leggings and undergarments at five different SCS locations across Memphis.
The locations to donate are as follows:
- Shelby County Schools Board of Education, 160 South Hollywood
- Shelby County Schools Grays Creek Office, 2800 Grays Creek Drive
- SCS NE Regional Office, 920 Highland Street
- SCS Parent Welcome Center, 2687 Avery Avenue
- SCS Technology Training Center, 3772 Jackson Avenue
Dunbar Elementary first grader Calvin Hicks is familiar with what students are in need of when temperatures drop.
"Boots and gloves; gloves keep my hands warm," Hicks said.
Many of his classmates in Orange Mound, and across the county, often lack the basics when it comes to winter wear.
"That makes me feel not good, sometimes I give people some of my coats," Hicks said.
Other Dunbar students are already in the spirit of giving.
"Me my dad and my mom donated coats to the homeless shelter," said Dunbar fifth grader Janiyah Lishman.
"I have students now that are coming in and saying 'Dr. Gentry, do you have a coat for me?'" said Dunbar Elementary School Principal Dr. Anniece Gentry. "They have on tennis shoes when they really need to have on boots."
Gentry said it is heartbreaking to see students walk into school in freezing temperatures wearing short sleeves.
"That's why we do have a clothes closet here, because we don't want that to be a reason as to why you're not sending your child to school."
To you it may just be a coat, but to them it is a gift that will warm hearts all season long.