November 5, 2008
"Together We Can Keep Maine Families Warm This Winter," was the University of Maine at Fort Kent’s Student Teacher Educational Professional Society (STEPS) club’s theme for a local clothing drive that was held on the campus last month.
Dawn Carbone, a UMFK student and a resident of Fort Kent, approached STEPS to see if it would be possible to coordinate a clothing drive that would benefit the Fort Kent Aroostook County Action Program (ACAP) Headstart and the Fort Kent Chippy Center, and possibly others.
With the support and efforts of Christina Michelle Kennedy, organizer, and other STEPS members, the club was able to collect donations ranging from coats, hats, mitten, sweaters, pants, footwear, ski pants and many other items suited for all ages. Monetary donations also were collected.
STEPS members who helped out Kennedy were Deidre O'Brien, Grant MacLeod, Tony Peach, Mandy Nicholson, Maureen Bard, Jody Nicholson, and Gary Forgeron.
Kennedy notes, "The STEPS clothing drive was a huge success. The students, faculty, staff, and community of Fort Kent were very generous and together we managed to collect both clothing and money that will help many Maine families this winter. I would like to thank everyone who helped to make this event possible. A clothing drive is a wonderful and easy way to make a difference and I encourage everyone to get involved in their community."
All items were brought to ACAP, to ensure distribution, which will help many individuals to "keep warm this winter."