Weir, Madonna Interact clubs join forces

WEIRTON – Students at Madonna and Weir high schools are collecting canned foods and nonperishables door-to-door, at area businesses and during the weekend’s gridiron matchups for their “Soups, Socks & Smiles” campaign.

Interact Club members at the schools have banded together for the project, being done in conjunction with USA Weekend’s Make A Difference Day celebration. All donations will be presented to the Weirton Salvation Army and Community Breadbasket.

Collection bins will be stationed at the Weir High-Brooke football game at 7 p.m. Friday, and at Madonna’s game vs. Steubenville Catholic Central at 7 p.m. Saturday. Both games will be played at Jimmy Carey Stadium.

Club members went door-to-door in their neighborhoods for a “bag-and-tag,” asking residents to fill bags with canned goods. They’ll collect those bags Saturday morning.

Donations also will be accepted at the Weirton Events Center Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kmart is collecting donations of sweatpants, socks and underwear for the less fortunate; collection bins for canned foods and nonperishables also are stationed at Wal-Mart, Kroger, Mainstream Physical Therapy and Tudor’s Biscuit World.

IC Care, an elderly companion care service, is donating 24 hours of free elder care. The first 12 families who call IC Care at (740) 381-2476 will each receive two hours of free eldercare service.

The clubs have worked together before, conducting a canned food drive at the Weir High-Madonna basketball last spring to benefit Breadbasket.

With their Make A Difference Day collaboration, club members are hoping to win the top prize, a $10,000 cash donation to the charity of their choice, or a recognition award from USA Weekend.