New Coats, Hats, Gloves, & Scarves Needed For Operation Warm Hearts For SCS Students

Donation drive Friday at Oak Court Mall

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - This is the season of giving and chilly weather. Local 24 Cares is a proud sponsor of "Operation Warm Hearts.”

We're teaming up with Shelby County Schools to collect new coats, hats, gloves, and scarves for students in need.

"Operation Warm Hearts" will be at Oak Court Mall all day Friday, Dec. 8, taking donations.

“It's very sad to see a child without,” says SCS Homeless Specialist Shericka Blair. “It hurts. It's a touching situation."

Take a moment and think about it. It's cold outside. A child walks to school; no coat, gloves, hat.

The reality is 80% of Shelby County School students are in need.

“Basically, essentials we take for granted every day, they're in need of,” says SCS Homeless Specialist Clarence Bayes.

“So if they're provided with what they're needed, their education, their grades increase, and that's something that student doesn't have to worry about,” says Blair.

Local 24 Cares wants to help close the gap of needy students. But we need your help to do it. The bottom line is kids need coats to stay warm.

We're collecting new coats, hats, gloves, and scarves this year.

“Just to give a child a brand new item, just to see the smile on their face, it's just indescribable,” says Bayes.

SCS officials say there will always be a need. But they count on your donations to help the little ones.

“We wanna see our babies thrive. We wanna see our babies get what they need,” says Bayes.

“They get very excited and they appreciate everything,” says Blair.

You can donate a new coat or new gloves, hats, and scarves at Oak Court Mall Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


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