Indian Lake High School sophomore Tatum Reprogle and 2015 graduate Sarah Mackesy led a Warm the Hearts Clothing Collection last month through Indian Lake Schools that resulted in a number of donations for local children and adults.
A total of 108 hats, 78 pairs of gloves, 16 scarves, 86 pairs of socks, 177 pairs of pants, 83 coats, 35 sweatshirts and 90 shirts were collected, and the co-organizers spent the weekend laundering the items. The Indian Lake Key Club helped cover the cost of cleaning the clothing.
The 2015 ILHS graduate said most of the children’s clothing will benefit the Indian Lake Elementary School Clothes Closet, while adult items will be delivered to the Lighthouse Emergency Shelter of Logan County this week.
Ms. Mackesy is studying social work at The Ohio State University in Lima. She recently joined an Atlanta-based group called YouthMPowers, which encourages young people to engage in local service projects.
The college student partnered with Tatum to place collection boxes at all three Indian Lake school buildings after learning in classes how difficult it is to be homeless.
“It’s really complex. Obviously, their main goal is to have somewhere to eat and sleep; they don’t have time to focus on finding clothes. It’s nice to have people being able to donate clothes so they can focus on other needs,” she explained.
Tatum also was pleased with the response to the two-week clothing drive, “I am very happy. We knew there would be a lot, but it exceeded our expectations.”