The annual Leadership Rocky Mount “Coats for Kids” coat drive saw more than 400 children receiving coats at Coker-Wimberly Elementary School located in Battleboro. Coker-Wimberly Elementary School serves children from pre-K to fifth grade.
The Leadership Rocky Mount Class of 2012 collected $3,800 in donations from various organizations throughout Rocky Mount and Nash and Edgecombe counties. The generosity of the Twin Counties region was evident in the number of dollars that was collected along with the number of coats that were donated.
The children were given coats on a need basis but there were so many coats from the generosity of the local communities that more than 400 children were given a new coat, gloves, scarf and hat.
Once the children at the school received coats any leftover coats were donated to the Life Changing Outreach Ministry on Main Street in Rocky Mount.
“The Coker-Wimberly Coat Drive Project Day was a huge success. ECPS is so very thankful to the Rocky Mount (Area) Chamber, business community partners and the leaders from ‘Leadership Rocky Mount’ who led this initiative. Our students and parents were thrilled with the overwhelming number of coats, hats and mittens that our students received. This was a magical event; our students were tickled,” said John D. Farrelly, superintendent of Edgecombe County Public Schools.
Lisa Howell, principal of Coker-Wimberly Elementary School, said, “The day after the coat drive was a warm day and the children who received the coats the day before were wearing their new coats and beaming with happiness as they got off the bus. They didn’t care that it was a nice day; the children just wanted to show off their new coats.”
Many parents expressed gratitude by calling the school and writing letters of thanks for the generosity of the people in the Twin Counties region.
The Leadership Rocky Mount Team enjoyed being part of such a great event that brought out the generosity and kindness of so many people in both Nash and Edgecombe counties.
Leadership Rocky Mount is a program of the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce involved in developing emerging leaders for the area’s future.
Participants in the program gain an in-depth view of the community issues, develop the skills necessary to assume leadership roles, and become aware of community involvement opportunities.