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posted: Sun, Dec 21st, 2014

Leo's Club Coat Drive collects 120 coats

After collecting 120 coats, the Leo's Club sorts the coats into stacks for children, women, and men.

Helping keep people warm this winter the Mount Olive High School Leo's Club partnered with Jersey Cares to collect gently used coats for a month-long coat drive.

The Leo's Club is in its fourth year at MOHS and is affiliated with the Mount Olive Lions Club. They are a service organization, whose focus is helping the blind and visually-impaired, while completing various other service projects as well.

With over 50 members, the Leo's Club is able to do a lot of good for the local community, especially going into this holiday season with their coat drive. The club was able to collect over 120 coats through generous donations from students, faculty, and staff.

Mrs. Riley-Lepo, Leo's Club advisor, is proud of her club's efforts this year. She said, "Their focus on service is outstanding. I am continuously surprised at the members' dedication and am especially impressed by my officers, who have so many responsibilities on their plates, but still manage to give our club 100%."

Ready to deliver the donated coats to Jersey Cares, the Leo's Club officers and senior members pack up the remaining few boxes.

Lauren Miller, a freshman member of the Leo's Club said, "Mrs. Riley-Lepo started pulling coats out of the closet, and then she said there were even more coats. Sometimes when you see coats for a coat drive, they're not in the best shape, but these were. Really nice coats were donated, and they will certainly help keep people warm this winter."

Michael Struble, another freshman member of the club, echoed Lauren's sentiments about the coat drive. He said, "There were at least 17 to 20 bags of coats, mostly children's coats. It took us most of lunch to sort the coats into three piles: one for children, one for women, and one for men. Mrs. Riley-Lepo kept reminding us to donate coats, especially coats that no longer fit members of our families."

As an extra incentive during the coat drive, the club sponsored a Dunkin Donuts gift card raffle for students and staff who donated coats. The Lions of Mount Olive generously donated one of the two gift cards. Sophomore, Stephanie Bigger, and English Language Arts teacher, Ms. Steinhart, won the raffle.

Mrs. Riley-Lepo said, "Our other service project this season was to create holiday cards to send to hospitalized children. Each club member made at least one card to send to Morristown Hospital. We sent messages of joy and hope. We also ate a lot of cookies."

Congratulations to the Leo's Club on a successful winter coat drive and holiday cheer project!

Luciana Soares makes holiday cards for the children at Morristown Hospital.

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