The TRIO Club of Centralia College held its 10th annual U.S.A. Today Make a Difference Day project Oct. 24 on the college campus.
TRIO is a federally funded program that assists first generation, low income, and disabled students achieve a college education. TRIO Club is a student club that participates in student support, engagement, and contributes to the college and community.
The TRIO Club gathered donations of new coats and shoes for children in Centralia College’s preschool programs. This year, the club gave between 50 and 60 packages to children three to five years old and their families.
In addition to new coats and shoes, children chose gloves, homemade scarves, hats, toothbrushes, and books. Families also enjoyed a dinner and a variety of activities, including face painting and making Flubber. In addition, at the “pay it forward” table, children made something for someone special in their life, to keep the gift of giving going.
“We believe that, although the children are only three-to five-years-old, they can be empowered by giving back something themselves,” said TRIO Club advisor Cindy Broadbent. “Each child also received a certificate recognizing them as a ‘Future College Student’ so they’re encouraged to attend college when they get older.”
For families and older children, there were more hats, scarves, toiletries, clothes, shoes, and household items available for free.
“We’d really like to thank Girl Scout Troop 920, which helped provide each child with a book of their own,” Broadbent said. “They’ve been wonderful and we’d like to continue to work with them.”
For more information or to donate to the TRIO Club Make a Difference Day, contact Cindy Broadbent at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-736-9391, ext. 568.