Ebony Club, WPAC, Student Council run coat drive

by Kelly McKewin, Staff Reporter

This year on Nov. 5, for the first time ever, Ebony Club, the Wheeling Political Action Club (WPAC) and Student Council teamed up for the coat drive, which Ebony Club has ran for 15 years.

With the collected donations, adult coats will be donated to an organization called Journeys in Palatine.

All children’s coats will be given to District 21 to help provide for students at Walt Whitman and Mark Twain Elementary schools.

“(This is) the first year Student Council has been involved,” Sandra Chico, Student Council and WPAC sponsor, said. “We wanted to do a coat drive and so we worked together to help bring in more coats.”

Since Ebony Club already runs the coat drive every year, WPAC and Student Council decided to team up with the club to get more participation from the Wheeling community and school.

“It’s rewarding for me, and also for those who need help too because they are getting what they need.  They’ll be able to survive the harsh winter a little better,” Connor Leuck, senior, said.

Student Council runs an annual food drive every year, and while passing out flyers for the that, they advertised the coat drive along with it.

“We passed out close to 10,000 flyers in the Wheeling area,” Ms. Chico said.

She also said she “really did not know what to expect” because it is her first year helping with the coat drive, but she hopes that it will be a success.

According to Joyce Brewer, guidance counselor and Ebony Club sponsor, the success of the coat drive has varied in years past, but she feels positive that this year will be a good year.

Ebony Club aims to help people in need in the Wheeling community and get more students involved with helping.

“It’s important to do community service,” Ms. Brewer said. “You know that there is a need.”

Ms. Brewer started running the coat drive with Ebony club after she saw that it was “something the community could benefit from that wasn’t being done.”