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Boonsboro PTA, students collect clothes for needy

December 14, 2000

Boonsboro PTA, students collect clothes for needy



Editor's note: This is the third in a series of stories running on the 12 days before Christmas to recognize individuals and groups who make the holidays better for others.

Boonsboro Elem. SchoolBy TARA REILLY / Staff Writer

photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer

The mounds of clothes piled on the stage at Boonsboro Elementary School is a common site at Christmas time.

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Students and community members, with the help of the school's PTA, bring in clothing for those who need it, according to LaRhonda Eslick, the school's PTA president.

Eslick said the clothes are donated to less fortunate families throughout the school system.

The PTA holds a week-long drive and devotes each day to different causes or families. Other times community members and students are asked to bring in anything considered a necessity.

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"The main reason we do it is that some kids don't have coats," Kelly Koontz of the PTA said. "So far we're doing really good."

This year the school is pitching in to help a local family whose home was destroyed by a fire at the end of November.

A fire in the electrical panel box ripped through the Dargan home of a woman and her three children, destroying the home and all of its contents.

The children attend Boonsboro schools, Koontz said.

She said so far the clothes are piling up and she hopes the community will continue to help out.

"Boonsboro Elementary is really good at that," she said. "Boonsboro is probably one of the more caring communities. They just really drop off bags and bags of stuff."

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