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SV students host diaper drive

Diapers, baby powder, bottles and blankets, are filling up a closet at Symmes Valley High School.

Pink onesies, blue-footed pajamas and tiny, white shoes, along with nearly every other imaginable piece of clothing a baby can use are waiting to be sent to Two Hearts Pregnancy Care Center, which has a location in Ironton and in Ashland, Ky.

SVHS’s Family Career and Community Leaders of America do community service projects throughout the year, and in the month of January, they collected baby care items to donate to Two Hearts.

Cari Baker, 17, is the president of FCCLA at Symmes Valley and said she heard about the center last year and they decided to do a project to help them this year.

“They help out local mothers and children who are pregnant,” Cari said. “They offer free help and counseling.”

Family Career and Community Leaders of America president Cari Baker shows a sample of the donations brought in for the Diaper Drive to help Two Hearts Pregnancy Center. The diaper drive is one of many projects the FCCLA sponsors throughout the year.

Cari said she has a friend who has benefited from Two Hearts and she really appreciated what they did to help her. She was glad to contribute to the center.

“It makes me feel really good to help,” she said.

While it was called a diaper drive, the group collected much more than just diapers. In November, the club decided to do the drive and began taking in items. All students were invited to help out with the project.

Cari was pleased with the outcome.

“It was really good for the first time,” she said. She added that the club is also making fleece tie blankets to give to Two Hearts.

Cari has been part of FCCLA for four years and said she likes the involvement the group has with the community. The group tries to do one service project each month.

Kay Larson is the teacher who oversees FCCLA.

“The center of FCCLA is family,” Larson said. “We try to promote family and making the family stronger.”