For the past two days, Landon Pfaffl has been walking up and down the car line at Prince of Peace Catholic School, collecting donations from his classmates’ parents. In these bags are gently used and brand new coats, gloves, hats and scarves that will go to fellow students in need.
The clothing drive is a service project he started for Beta Club.
“Our motto for the Beta Club is to lead by serving others,” Pfaffl says.
He got the idea after hearing a story from his aunt, a teacher at an Upstate title one school, that some of her students are struggling to keep warm.
“All of them had come in, in t-shirts and shorts with rips in them,” Pfaffl says.
After making a proposal to his principal, Marianne Tulley, the clothing drive became a school wide effort.
“Obviously the first thing it did it such my heart,” Tulley says. “Those children at the school probably come from low income families and don’t have as much as the children who I am directly responsible for everyday.”
Pfaffl wants to keep the name of the school a secret so the Beta Club can surprise them with the donations early next week.
In the meantime, he’s asking for the community to keep the donations coming. The Prince of Peace Catholic School is accepting donations from 9am to 11:30am on weekdays, through Monday, February 4th, 2019.
The Anderson County government is also having a “Blanket and Winter Clothing Drive” now through February 1st at the Civic Center of Anderson. Volunteers are accepting donations during normal operating hours, from 8:30am-5 pm. They are accepting blankets, coats, new socks, scarves, gloves, beanies/hats and warm clothes, which will be distributed to local organizations who are helping the community during extreme winter conditions. For more information or questions, please contact the Emergency Management Division at (864) 332-5732.
On Tuesday, February 12th, Caring for the Carolinas’ “Operation Warmth” drive is also accepting warm clothing donations from 12- 6pm at Unclaimed Furniture in Duncan.