Two fifth-grade students at Mt. George International School are hoping to collect 500 articles of clothing in February to benefit local foster children.
Halle Huckfeldt and Macie Bond, both 10 years old, are asking the public to donate new or gently used clothes, shoes, coats and pajamas for kids and teens. The girls will give all of the donations to Sleep Train’s Foster Kids program.
Donations can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday during February at Mt. George’s main office, 1019 Second Ave.
During the last week of January, Huckfeldt and Bond will visit all of the classes at Mt. George to talk about the clothing drive and ask for donations.
Huckfeldt, who likes to perform in plays, said “it’s fun” to speak to classes about the clothing drive. The experience, she said, does not make her nervous.
“Now that I do it a lot, people know me,” she said. “And I get compliments.”
Both Huckfeldt and Bond participated in a similar clothing drive two years ago at Mt. George, when they were in teacher Kim Title’s third grade class.
Students collected more than 750 clothing items that year for local foster children.
Officials at Sleep Train said their company’s “host-a-drive” program helps individuals and organizations access resources online to help start their own donation drives and contribute to the foster kids program.
“We’re thrilled these girls have been inspired to start giving back at such a young age,” said Mauri Knowles, community relations manager at Sleep Train. “A goal of our Foster Kids program is to engage our community in this important cause, and to make it easy for them to give back, too.”
Bond said this year’s clothing drive feels more personal and less like a class assignment as it did in third grade.
“It feels so good to help people,” she said. “We’re thinking about people other than ourselves.”