Don't have to be big to make big impact on community

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- When 5th graders at one local elementary school were asked to put together a community service project, a group of them decided they wanted to help families in need. Monday, they showed just how much of a difference kids can make.

With little help from their teacher, students at Pomona Elementary helped organize a winter coat and clothing drive at their school.

"We thought it was important because the homeless people are really cold over the winter," said Noah Flores, a 5th grader who helped organize the drive.

"We know how it feels to be cold and we have jackets and everything," said Sierra Martinez, who also helped organize the drive. "So we thought it might be even colder for them."

They made posters promoting the drive, visited classrooms to tell other students about it, and asked the principal if they could go over the loudspeaker to encourage kids to participate.

Monday afternoon, they delivered more than 75 bags full of clothes to the Adventist Community Center, which works with families in need.

The kids say they were pleased with the response.

"We thought there would only be a couple of bags," said Taylor Rubalcaba, a 5th grader who helped organize the drive. "But we got almost a hundred."

"The bags were heavy," said 5th grader Sebastian Campbell. "There were a lot of them."

"It's just a lot," said 5th grader Brendon Anderson. "We didn't expect this many clothes. They brought in a lot more than we expected."

The kids say they stored the clothes in a shed at the school -- and by the end of the drive, the pile reached the roof. It took four vehicles to bring all the bags to the Adventist Community Center.

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