College Student Hosts Coat Drive
Coat Drive Collection boxes are located at McDonald
County Telephone Company, Pineville
City Hall, the University of Missouri Extension Office and Pineville Elementary.
When college student Eli Jones was faced with coming up with a community service project, he thought back to his 4-H roots. He wanted to help McDonald County youngsters stay warm this winter.
Jones, a student in the Honors Academy at Missouri Southern State University, was challenged to create a project, solicit community support and then give a presentation in his “Service Learning” class.
As a young man, Jones was involved in various coat drives through 4-H. The drives were always successful and helped out the community.
So Jones decided to launch a similar project, collecting winter coats, hats and gloves for youngsters in McDonald County.
From a project’s perspective, Jones wants to motivate others to give.
“My main focus is to get the community involved,” he said.
From a community perspective, he hopes to help youngsters have enough items to fight the brisk winter wind.
Pineville Elementary will be the first distribution point, he said, adding that his mom, Denee, is a teacher there and that he’s from Pineville. Depending on the number of items collected, other schools may be added as distribution points.
All donations will stay in McDonald County to help youth who do not have these items for winter.
Donations should be in good, usable condition.
“New is great,” Jones said. “We can also take items that are in good condition, gently used.”
Collection points include McDonald County Telephone Company, Pineville City Hall, the University of Missouri Extension Office (just off the square) and Pineville Elementary.
The drive will conclude in about three weeks.
Jones will collect information, take photos and document the project from start to finish. He hopes the community will get on board with helping youngsters this winter.
He credits Lynda Dumond, his 4-H connection, as someone who has been instrumental in teaching him how to work with others, give back to the community and help out. These important lessons learned in 4-H and carried to college have set the foundation for his future.
I want to help people and make a difference in our community. I would love to serve and protect the community.
Pineville resident and Missouri Southern State
This project is certainly a good platform for Jones as he prepares to make it a lifelong mission to help others.
Jones seeks a law-enforcement career and would like to serve as a police officer.
“I want to help people and make a difference in our community,” he said. “I would love to serve and protect the community.”
For information, call Jones at 417-396-4489.
Eli Jones of Pineville is creating a community project as part of his “Service Learning” class at Missouri Southern State University. He is a student in the Honors Academy and hopes to become a police officer.
This collection box at Pineville City Hall is one of several that are set up around town to help out McDonald County youngsters. College student Eli Jones, a Pineville resident, is collecting hats, gloves and coats for children in McDonald County so they can stay warm this winter.