HOSA coat drive helps children in need

Madelyn Sese (‘12) folds coats that members of SWCTA’s HOSA chapter collected over the past few weeks for Shade Tree Women’s Shelter.

On Nov. 28, HOSA began their annual coat drive to benefit children in need of coats and winter attire for the upcoming winter season. Coats, mittens, scarves, and hats will be accepted until Dec. 14.

“I really think that this coat drive is a great idea. Since I don’t need all those small coats and scarves, I decided to donate them and make a child happy this coming Christmas,” comments freshman Brooke Ounphonchareune.

Students can donate their gently used winter attire to HOSA Adviser Mrs. Vicki Smith in room H123. All donated clothes will go to Family Promise, a charity organization that helps the needy in Nevada.

“I think everyone should donate at least one pair of winter attire to unfortunate children that don’t have the proper clothing for this coming winter season.” adds freshman Pauline Nguyen.

To encourage more donations, Smith decided to grant Key Club members one hour of community service for every coat they donate. Since then, this has increased the number of donations substantially as more and more Key Club members are donating their used clothes to earn extra hours to become inducted as an official member of Key Club.

“I’ve seen so many homeless people around Las Vegas. Some of them might really be disabled and some of them might not. Well, it doesn’t really matter to me. Every time I see a homeless person, I feel like I want to help him/her in every way possible,” states freshman Ralph Gallo.

If you have any questions, please visit Smith in room H123.