By Terry Rogers
Over the past few months, several Milford organizations have donated supplies to Milford School District in an effort to support students in need. Donations have ranged from sleeping bags to school supplies.
“As I work with other liaisons throughout the state, they are always amazed at how generous Milford is,” said Dr. Craig Warrington, District Home School Liaison and Visiting Teacher. “For a mid-sized town, we have an amazing amount of support. It is very humbling.”
Dentsply/Sirona has adopted a family in Milford School District during the holiday season for many years as has the Milford School District Office Staff. The Milford FFA conducted a glove, mitten and scarf drive while the Morris Early Childhood Center conducted a sock drive. Anchor Church recently donated sleeping bags and school supplies to the district.
“Anchor Church wants to be a church that serves the needs of the community,” Pastor Paul Bowman explained. “When we became aware of some of the needs that local students had, we saw that as a tangible way to help and demonstrate God’s love and hope. We believe being a healthy church includes helping to build a healthy community. We were told that sleeping bags were a great need for students in difficult housing situations. Our congregation immediately responded, and we were able to do our part in showing God’s love and hope in a tangible way to students in need.” Dr. Warrington said that sleeping bags are needed for families who may have many family members in one home or who are living in one motel room due to homelessness.
Coats are another item that are always in need at Milford School District and several organizations have stepped up to donate to students. The Rachel Gentsch Baynard Memorial Fund has donated coats for the last two years and Hearts 2 Hearts Hugs have donated hats, gloves and coats. This year. Body Shop Fitness Center also held a coat drive, donating them to students at the District.
Coldwell Banker Resort Realty has held a needy child drive each year and provided the toys collected to Milford School District to be distributed to students in need.
“We here at Coldwell Banker Resort Realty have teamed up with the Greater Milford Chamber of Commerce to collect items needed for people within the Milford School District,” Terri Favata, a broker at Caldwell Banker who chairs the drive each year, said. “We collect items like toys, hats, scarves and coats. We chose to do this because we take great pride in our community and we want to help those in need this time of year.” The Coldwell Banker Resort Realty drive ends on Thursday, December 14, so anyone who wants to participate can take hats, scarves, coats or toys to their office on Dupont Highway in Milford prior to that date.
According to Dr. Warrington, student needs are as varied as the students themselves. They may be living in a homeless situation or their parents may be struggling financially to provide them with the things they need. Dr. Kevin Dickerson, Superintendent of Milford School District, said that the district is extremely grateful for the support shown to students by area organizations.
“Milford and the surrounding communities have been incredibly wonderful in providing support for our students, families and schools,” Dr. Dickerson shared. “The generosity and care from businesses, organizations, groups and people within our district-community to support our students and families in need has been remarkable and is greatly appreciated. We are very fortunate for the outstanding communities that are part of the Milford School District.” Dr. Dickerson said that any organization or individual who wishes to collect items to donate to the district should reach out to his office by calling 302-422-1600.
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