So far, the School of Natural Resources has raised $575 toward its $1,000 goal for the annual Caring for Clinton Campaign, and has collected dozens of coats and more than 50 mittens. But your donations are still needed for the drive that ends Dec. 6.
Ninety-five percent of Clinton Elementary School's 500 students qualify for free- or reduced-price lunch, and the school sees a higher percentage of families living in poverty than much of Lincoln. It sees families who are struggling to make ends meet and who are struggling to put food on the table.
This year, Linda Kern, family care coordinator for the elementary school, said the needs are even greater than in years past.
An anonymous donor has lined up to match $1,000 in cash donations, making it possible to double last year's donations.
Caring for Clinton will run through December 6, and donations will be collected in the Hardin Hall main lobby. Monetary donations also can be made at the Nebraska Maps & More Store in Hardin Hall. Checks should be written out to "Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools" with "Clinton Emergency Fund" on the ledger line. Checks can be sent to:
Nebraska Maps and More Store
Attn: Lisa Greif (Caring for Clinton)
101 Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege St.
Lincoln, NE 68583-0961
Donors can keep tabs on the current cash donation amount throughout the course of our campaign by visiting this page. In the style of Salvation Army, we’ll raise the thermometer’s mercury after a cash count each Monday.
Anne Milligan of Lincoln handcrafted 50 pairs of mittens, which she donated to the Coats for Clinton portion of our giving campaign. But coats, hats, scarves and other clothing are still needed. Kern noted the highest needs in these areas:
- Boys’ and girls’ coats in sizes 6 to 8 and 14 to 16
- Boys’ jeans in sizes 6, 8 and 10
- Girls’ jeans or leggings in sizes 6-6x, 7-8, 10-12, and 14-16
- Boys’ and girls’ sweatshirts or sweaters in sizes small, medium and large
- Boys’ undergarments in sizes 4 to 16
- Girls’ undergarments in sizes 10-12 and 14-16
Also on the need list are toiletries, including:
- Body lotion
- Detergent (gallon jugs)
- Diapers (size 3 to 6)
- Toilet paper
The toiletries are handed out in bags to families who are part of the Food Market program, a collaboration between the school and the Food Bank of Lincoln to provide families with enough food for nights and weekends.
Since 2007, SNR has gathered winter coats, warm gloves, pieces of clothing and monetary donations for students at Clinton Elementary, SNR's nearest elementary school neighbor on 33rd Street.