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IHS gives coats to mission

Jeff Cremeans, director at the City Welfare Mission, is seen with senior student council members at Ironton High School. Students took up a collection of coats in the past weeks to be donated to area residents.

With the help of Ironton High School, 54 people will be a little warmer this winter. The high school student council presented that many coats to the Ironton City Mission Tuesday morning.

The council has sponsored a coat drive over the past three weeks.

“We thought that the school should be more community involved,” student council officer Audrey Stewart said. “We know there are people that are in need and we just want to do what we can.”

“We got a lot of help from the English teachers,” Pierce Crowe, student council officer, said. “They gave a 10-point bonus to everyone who donated a coat.”

The Rev. Jeff Cremeans, director of the mission, said the coats are appreciated.

“They’ll go to anyone in need in our community,” Cremeans said. “We’ll give out clothing (today) so that’ll be a big help to those in need – warm coats. We probably have close to 150 families a month that we give clothing to.”

Student council advisor Missy Fields said she’s proud of the students for coordinating the drive.

“They came up with the idea themselves,” Fields said. She added that in her four years as advisor this is the first time the council has done a community service project. The council also plans to do a fundraiser for a fellow student in need of a lung transplant.

“I’m very proud that they’re doing more community projects,” Fields said.