The TRiO Club of Centralia College is holding its 11th annual U.S.A. Today Make a Difference Day project Oct. 22 on the college campus.
The club is seeking donations of new coats and shoes for children in Centralia College’s preschool programs. Last 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 enjoy dinner and a variety of activities, including face painting and making Flubber. They also have a “pay it forward” table, where children make 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 receives 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, they’ll have hats, scarves, toiletries, clothes, shoes, and household items available for free.
“We seek to create positive change in ourselves, our organization, and our community,” Broadbent explained. “To achieve these goals, all members are encouraged to take the initiative to lead and/or contribute to Centralia College and their community.”
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 gives members an opportunity to become involved in activities that support academic, social, and personal success, leadership skills, and extend goals and a “helping hand” philosophy.
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.