Greeley Central High School Junior Hailey Termeer is collecting winter clothing that will be distributed to students in December.
Hailey said she has struggled with poverty most of her life, and she knows many of her fellow students have similar challenges. She is organizing the clothing drive as a community service project.
“Not having enough money to have nice clothes, or the right shoes, was a huge struggle for me,” Hailey said. “I want to ensure that children today will not have to endure the struggles I experienced. Looking around Greeley and simply just driving around town, most of the children walking to school don’t have appropriate clothing for Colorado’s inclement weather, and it simply breaks my heart.”
Hailey has organized the clothing drive and has drop locations at several schools in District 6. A majority of these clothes will be distributed to families at an event at Greeley Central High School the evening of December 16.
New clothes are preferred, but very gently used, clean coats will also be accepted if they are in very good condition. Here are the items most needed.
Coats, new or very near new
New hats, gloves, scarves and mittens
New winter boots
New warm winter socks
In addition to collection boxes at Greeley Central and some school sites, there will be a drop box beginning Monday, November 18 in the first floor lobby of the Administration Building, 1025 9th Avenue. Clothing can be dropped off between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. before December 11.