Banta sock drive

Seventh-grader Maliya Bailey, fifth-grader Cole Goodfellow, Interfaith volunteer Barbara Pombo, eighth-grader Tyrone Bailey and eighth-grader Danikah Nunez, the student body president, hold some of the winter clothing collected by Banta School students last month for Tracy Interfaith Ministries

BANTA — The students of Banta School spent the month of October collecting warm clothes for the needy, which they presented to Tracy Interfaith Ministries at a school assembly Friday.

According to school administrators, the students collected a total of 465 pairs of socks, gloves, mittens and scarves. A Banta teacher said that the idea was to collect anything that would help someone stay warm in winter weather.

As extra motivation, the clothing drive was turned into a competition among grades. The fourth-graders contributed 157 items, followed closely by the first-graders with 108. The fourth-graders will have an in-class ice cream party to celebrate their success in collecting the most donations.

Accepting the donations Friday was Barbara Pombo, a volunteer at Interfaith. She told the students that her organization took care of 3,425 families during the month of September, and among those families were 1,319 children. She said almost a thousand people took items from Interfaith’s clothes closet of new and gently used items.

“You are so, so generous to think of people that are cold,” Pombo said. “These socks will go to people who are homeless and cold.”

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Banta sock drive

Tracy Interfaith Ministries volunteer Barbara Pombo accepts a donation of 465 pairs of socks, gloves, mittens and scarves from students at Banta School on Friday. The students spent the month of October collecting donations.

Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at drizzo@tracypress.com or 830-4225.

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