The need for a warm winter jacket may have come late this year, but the season for freezing temperatures has undoubtedly arrived.
Fortunately, it’s also a season of giving, several North Surry High School students the most recent local group pitching in.
In a burgeoning tradition, the school’s Interact Club and Spanish Club partnered to organize a coat drive to distribute to those in need.
The Interact Club, a community service organization connected with the Rotary Club, participates through the parent organization.
“They ask us to collect as many (coats) as we can,” said Caleb Cooke, Interact president. Other Interact Clubs from other local schools also participated, creating what Cooke described as a “friendly competition.”
The Spanish Club had organized a coat drive in years past, explained Alex Butcher, who is president of the Spanish Club.
The two clubs teamed up last year and, “we got really good results,” Cooke said.
Those good results continued this year, too. The group set out boxes at school before Thanksgiving break and asked the student body to bring in any unused coats.
About 120 coats were donated, which the students delivered to Zibbys Cleaners and Laundry, on North South Street, on Monday afternoon.
The establishment will clean the coats and then pass them on to the Salvation Army for distribution.
Tabitha Tedder, who has worked at Zibbys for 10 years, said the North Surry clubs’ delivery is one of the larger ones of the season.
“Usually it’s just customers dropping off,” she said. “It’s typically not that huge of a donation at one time.”
Zibbys initially became involved with the Give-A-Kid-A-Coat effort as a franchise of A Cleaner World, the corporation which sponsors the annual coat drive with the Salvation Army.
Tedder explained that the business changed ownership and names about four years ago but still wanted to participate in the benefit.
“We do it every year,” she said, adding that the site also collects donations for the Salvation Army year-round.
“It’s a good program for a good cause,” with about 500 coats collected annually within a couple of months, she said. “There’s no reason not to do it. Helping people is a good thing.”
The North Surry students seemed to agree.
“It emphasizes the meaning of what, locally, we’re trying to do,” Cooke said, which is “trying to build a generation of givers.”
Reach Terri Flagg at 415-4734.