WEIRTON - Students at Weir and Madonna high schools will be fanning out across the city to collect "Soup, Socks and Smiles" for the less fortunate this month.
Members of the Interact clubs at the two schools have teamed up to collect non-perishable foods and necessities in conjunction with Make A Difference Day on Oct. 26. Everything they collect will be presented to the Weirton Salvation Army and Community Breadbasket.
"We'd like to involve the entire Weirton community in our efforts," Madonna Interact Club President Ali Welch said. "We're trying to (fill) an entire Salvation Army truck."
HELPING OUT — Students at Madonna and Weir high schools, shown here with their club advisers along with Weirton Mayor George Kondik and Ward 5 Councilman George Gaughenbach, are teaming up for “Soup, Socks & Smiles,” a citywide effort to collect non-perishable food items and other necessities to help the less fortunate. The students, members of the Interact Club at their schools, plan to go door to door asking for help with their Make A Difference Day project. They’ll also be accepting donations outside city businesses and at the Weir vs. Brooke football game on Oct. 25, and the Madonna vs. Catholic Central game on Oct. 26. -- Linda Harris
Students will be collecting donations at school and throughout the community, including the football games slated for that weekend: Weir High will play Brooke on Oct. 25, and the Blue Dons will take on Catholic Central on Oct. 26. Fans attending either game are asked to bring donations with them.
"We'll also be going door to door and collecting outside stores," said Weir High Interact President Jennifer Kinder.
The clubs have worked together before - in the spring, they did a canned food drive at the Weir High-Madonna basketball game to benefit Breadbasket. With their Make A Difference Day collaboration, the groups are hoping to snag top honors - a $10,000 cash donation to the charity of the winner's choice - or a recognition award from USA Today Weekend.
Madonna's group is advised by Lauren Parsons, while Renee Howard advises the Weir High club.