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'Cozy Care' donation drive underway

Feb. 10—GREENSBURG — The Greensburg Community High School Student Council is currently sponsoring the "Coze Care Donation Drive" to collect specific items for foster children in Decatur County.

Now through Saturday, Feb. 17, several locations are accepting new or gently used children's pajamas, stuffed animals and books.

"The idea started to incorporate a community service project along with the March 5th visit from author Laura Numeroff. She wrote the series, 'If You Give A Mouse A Cookie.' It's to help with the literacy crisis since the pandemic," GCHS Student Council President Janae Comer said.

"According to the Indiana Department of Education, since 2012 the number of students who are not able to read at the end of the third grade has more than doubled," Student Council member Claire Nobbe added. "We're trying to get a book into the hands of our most needed population of early learners. This is where the pajama drive comes into play. The idea is to collect a pair of cozy pajamas for a healthy, comforting bedtime routine, coupled with a book to call their own."

The Daily News supports this effort. Publisher Natalie Acra visited the high school Friday morning and dropped off several boxes of new children's books as well as several backpacks for foster children who might need one.

"As the local newspaper of record, the Daily News is happy to help support this donation drive as well as any program that helps promote literacy and a love of reading, especially among young people who might not otherwise have access to books of their own," Acra said.

Those willing to donate may drop-off items at one of several area locations including the Decatur County Family YMCA, German American Bank, Greensburg Decatur County Public Library, The Branch Coffeehouse or at the Greensburg home basketball game against South Ripley on Feb. 17. Students who bring a book to the game on the 17th to donate will be admitted free of charge.

Anyone willing to sponsor a child or make a monetary donation is asked to visit one of the drop-off sites or contact Heather Comer at Hcomer@greensburg.k12.in.us or John Pratt at Jpratt@greensburg.k12.in.us.

Contact Kevin Green at kevin.green@greensburgdailynews.com or 812-651-0885.