By Will McClure
In the hustle and bustle of football Friday night, many fans from both sides of the stands make their way into Bill Anderson stadium to root on their respective teams. Some make their way to the concession stand to get that pre-game snack while members of the Bulldog Nation make their way over to the Booster Club table to buy jerseys, shirts and hats or even buy a raffle ticket. However, even with all of these things going on, there are some that choose to give back. The Stamford 4-H Club, as a part of their yearly community service project, set up an area near the entrance to the stadium last Friday night when anyone could donate gently used coats and jackets and lightly used blankets to help those that are less fortunate. 4-H member Emery Letz was stationed at the table before the beginning of the game to accept donations and was able to talk briefly about the coat drive.
Continuing from last year’s drive, Letz said that this year’s drive will be donated to families in the Stamford area and all around Jones County, with the intention of helping more in a larger scope. Letz mentioned that last year’s drive, which also collected coats and blankets along with toiletries and socks, was donated to the Noah Project which handled the distribution. By focusing on Jones County, there is a much wider scope for this year’s drive as more families can be helped during the expected cold winter season. Letz recognized some young helpers that went around the stadium before the game, handing out flyers to fans and spreading the word for this wonderful cause. With a town like Stamford, it can be assured that the community can step up and pitch in like they always do.
“We appreciate everybody’s support and the good deeds that the kids are doing, trying to help them give back to their community. That’s our key goal here: it’s to give back,” Letz said.
The booth will be set up once more before the October 30 game against Archer City. The members are accepting any and all donations of lightly used coats and jackets of all sizes and lightly used blankets that will go to local charity organizations to help families in Jones County. Donations can also be dropped off at the Stamford Chamber of Commerce Office at 107 E McHarg any time during business hours.
The 4-H club thanks the community for all of their support for such a heartwarming cause.