Photo courtesy Google ImagesMaria Lara / Staff Writer
The holiday season is the time of giving and sharing.  Emily Gonzalez, Administrated Assistant to the Dean of Outreach and Enrollment Services, has found a perfect way of doing both.  She is the founder of the coat drive currently underway on campus. Gonzalez was inspired to start the coat drive when she was taking her daughter to school one day and saw this one little girl without a jacket, out in the cold.  After seeing this girl shivering in the cold she knew she had to do something to help. She had her first coat drive last year and says it was a great success.  Through her efforts, she was able to donate and help 70 families from the Education Service Center and hopes to help even more this year.
“If we have extras, why not give them to those that really need them?” Gonzalez said. “We would be taking something that is not being used anymore and giving it to someone who would put it to great use.”
Emily says her goal is to try and donate and help twice as many families as she did last year.  If she can get more donations of coats she will be able to, not only help the Education Service Center, but also branch out to the schools in the community.  This would include CCISD and other school districts in Nueces County.
The Division of Outreach & Enrollment has teamed up with Purchasing & Business Services to help the community by taking donation of coats, jackets, and sweaters.  The coat drive started November 28, 2012 and will continue until January 25, 2012.  Donations can be dropped off in the Harvin Center downstairs or in the student enrollment office in room 127. Donations can also be taken upstairs in Harvin Center in Room 235.  If one would like to help out families this holiday season be sure to drop off coats, jackets, or sweaters in either of the two donation boxes.

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