RCHS holds outreach effort

REED CITY — A coat drive turned into much more than that for dozens of high school students who were willing to get involved. It turned into a competition. A reminder of another time when some were recipients themselves. And a chance to help another now.

Some of those who brought coats to school and donated them said there was a time in their own young past when they were a recipient. They know how good it feels to give, because they knew how important a gift they had received. Not just a coat. But to know someone cared.

And so it was that dozens of Reed City High School students brought in coats and jackets, some new and some gently used in recent days at the urging of the school’s Leadership Class.

In addition, some heard the plea of the Reed City Ministerial Association members who coordinated the local gathering of coats and other items needed to survive these Northern Michigan winters, and also donated hats, mittens, gloves, boots and scarves.

For the students it was of saying yes to helping another, and for Mary Lou Proefrock who headed up the local effort, it was a tremendous thank you.

Some of the coats will be distributed locally, some will be sent on to other communities in need.

Proefrock said donations of coats are still needed, and she may be contacted at (231) 832-4938 for more information.

She said anyone needing a coat or jacket may call that number as well.

In addition, she said, “If anyone has extra coat hangers, we could use them. Success is seeing someone keeping warm in your coat. Give a coat and get a warm feeling.”

For one lucky youngster, even a Reed City nylon sports jacket is available thanks to the collection.

Proefrock credited not only the local high school, but also Reed City Area Public Schools in general as well for the participation, along with Hersey Congregational Church and Hersey UMC, Trinity Lutheran Church, First Baptist Church, St. Philip Neri, Harvest Assembly of God, Church of the First Born, RC United Methodist, RC Church of the Nazarene, Loyal Order of Moose, AARP #2418, Spectrum Hospital Skilled Nursing, and the Osceola County Prosecutor Attorney Office.