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LWC students provide funds for winter coats for Head Start

Total of 59 coats given to Adair County Head Start, to 52 students, and seven siblings
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By Duane Bonifer

COLUMBIA, KY -- A group of Lindsey Wilson College students helped ensure that area children will keep warm this winter.

LWC students in the college's Bonner Program delivered 59 winter coats Thursday morning to Adair County Head Start. The coats were given to the program's 52 students, and extra coats were given to students' siblings.

LWC Bonner students raised coats and money to purchase the coats from members of the LWC community as well as Columbia-Adair County residents.

This year's drive -- which is in its fourth year -- was led by LWC Bonner student Laura Feese of Columbia, who said it felt good to make a difference in her hometown.

"I was just amazed at the generosity," Feese said. "At first, I thought there would be a lot of people who would not want to participate. But more often than not, they were very excited and wanted to give."

LWC's Bonner Program is a servant-leadership program with more than six dozen students who serve non-profit organizations throughout the region. This year, Bonner students will serve more than 20,000 hours of combined service, according to LWC Director of Civic Engagement Amy Thompson-Wells, who oversees the Bonner Program.

Programs such as the coats-for-kids drive make the Bonner students "change-makers," Thompson-Wells said.

"We like to think that we are the first phone call that our community agencies make when they need volunteers for a project," Thompson-Wells said. "Our volunteers have become really reliable for our community partners, and they are making a huge impact in the community."

Thursday's delivery of winter coats to Adair County Head Start "helps a lot of families and touches a lot of lives," said Adair County Head Start Coordinator and Family Support Specialist Shelly Nunn.

"It has a great impact our students," Nunn said. "We serve low-income families, and a lot of them don't have the money to get the winter essentials they need." Duane Bonifer, the writer of this article, is Director of Public Relations at Lindsey Wilson College

This story was posted on 2015-12-11 05:59:59
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LWC Bonner students deliver 59 warm coats to Head Start

2015-12-11 - Adair County Headstart, 111 Fairground Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College.
Members of the Lindsey Wilson College Bonner Program deliver 59 coats Thursday morning to students at the Adair County Head Start. From left: LWC Director of Civic Engagement Amy Thompson-Wells; Director of Career Services Ashley Miller; LWC Bonner Program Coordinator Natalie Vickous; Adair County Head Start Coordinator and Family Support Specialist Shelly Nunn; LWC Bonner student Laura Feese of Columbia; LWC Bonner student Olivia Garlt of Louisville, KY; and LWC Bonner student Ashley Acher of Franklin, IN. - Duane Bonifer

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