Col­lege Stu­dent Hosts Coat Drive

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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.

Eli Jones

Pineville res­i­dent and Mis­souri South­ern State

Univer­sity stu­dent

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

PHOTO SUB­MIT­TED

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.

SALLY CAR­ROLL/MCDON­ALD COUNTY PRESS

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.

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