Eastside hosts donation drive for the homeless and foster children

When Zoey Washington and Mary Virginia Stone heard about a homeless person their teacher encountered over the holidays, they were inspired to do more to help.

Through the “Clinton Cares: *Love * Live * Donate * Give*” campaign, the students are collecting toiletries, snacks and necessities. The drive will be held April 1-30.

The fifth-grade gifted students donated to the school’s canned food drive in December, and at that time their teacher Misty Rogers told her class about a hungry, homeless person she encountered during the cold months.

“From there, they wanted to help,” Rogers said. “It started with a desire to help the homeless but upon further research, they wanted to help foster children as well.”

Through the drive, reusable shopping bags printed with the “Clinton Cares” logo will be filled with the items collected for foster children and homeless shelters throughout the Hinds County area.

Although the donation drive will be held in April, the school will accept items throughout the year for this project. Needs include:

  • Fleece blankets (new)
  • Stuffed animals (new)
  • 3-in-1 shampoo/conditioner/body wash (travel size)
  • Unused bars of soap
  • Activity/coloring books
  • Toothbrushes (new)
  • Toothpaste (new)
  • Mouthwash (travel size)
  • Floss kit
  • Deodorant
  • Snack bars (granola, etc.) or other non-perishable food items

For more information or to donate, contact mrogers@clintonpublicschools.com.


Clinton fifth-graders Zoey Washington and Mary Virginia Stone organized a “Clinton Cares” donation drive to help the homeless.

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