Moundsville Middle School Student Tricia Ward’s Kindness Helps Peers Through Donations
MOUNDSVILLE — When Moundsville Middle School seventh-grader Tricia Ward overheard a few of her classmates talking about how their tattered clothes made them feel bad about themselves, she immediately started thinking of ways she could help.
This led to Ward organizing a school-wide clothing drive. She said she appreciates the overwhelming support she has received from faculty, staff and students in the past two weeks. The number of donations has added up to more than she ever could have imagined.
Ward didn’t realize her small idea would blossom into something so big.
“At first, very few people were bringing in donations,” she said. “Then all of a sudden, the number of donations kept multiplying. They just kept bringing in more and more clothes.”
Hundreds of shirts, pairs of pants, jackets and pairs of shoes were brought to the middle school. The items were sorted by size and then distributed to Ward’s classmates who were in need. But the assistance won’t stop with Ward’s peers. Siblings also will be able to get what they need from this clothing drive.
“I don’t want to leave out the adults, either,” Ward noted. “Many times parents are more worried about getting what their kids need. That means they don’t always have the clothing they need for work or to wear every day.”
Clothing and shoes, sized for middle school students, will be kept in the Moundsville Middle School Clothes Closet. Clothing suited for younger students will be taken to Central Elementary School for distribution.
Items that fit adults will be donated to Appalachian Outreach Inc.
Ward said she couldn’t have done this project on her own. MMS band director Sue Lewiki, the school’s Kindness Krew and many others helped make the clothing drive possible.