Fort Hood preschoolers bring toys, food to homeless

Fort Hood preschoolers bring toys, food to homeless
COPPERAS COVE – Preschool students at Comanche Child Development Center on Fort Hood wrapped up a month of learning about sharing with a delivery of non-perishable food items and new toys for the Cove House Emergency Homeless Shelter in Copperas Cove.
Five preschoolers from Nicola Cunningham’s class delivered the food and toys that classes at the center had collected throughout November. The center-wide food and toy drive was the culminating event for the children’s month-long lessons about families and giving thanks.
Hand-in-hand with giving thanks, the children learned about sharing and how those who have the resources should share with those that do not. “We brought these things so families can have a nice holiday meal,” Ja’Marcus Mitchel, 3, said. “It’s important to share.”
Boxes of pasta and cereal and cans of meat and vegetables filled brightly wrapped boxes that represented each of the center’s classrooms for children ranging from infancy to five years old.
Last year, the center donated 89 pounds of non-perishable food to the shelter. This year’s donation appeared to be about the same, but there was a twist this year.
“We didn’t know they accepted toys last year,” Cunningham said. “So this year we added a toy drive to the food drive.”
New board games, action figures, dolls and backpacks filled several boxes thanks to the generosity of the families and staff at Comanche.Employees at the Cove House were pleasantly surprised when the small group arrived at the shelter office Tuesday morning.
“We are collecting toys right now for the holidays,” Benjamin Tindall, executive director, Cove House, said. “We are seeing about 50 families a week right now and this will really bless just around Christmas.”
Cove House provides emergency and temporary housing for families and individuals with a limited stay of 14 days. Families can shop at the shelter food pantry once every 21 days.
The shelter is located at 108 E. Halstead Ave. in Copperas Cove. For more information, call 547-4673.
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