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SRU collects coats for local children

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - At least 150 regional youngsters will be warmer this winter thanks to students involved in the Slippery Rock University AmeriCorps Program.

SRU students launched a "One Warm Coat" campaign earlier this semester asking for donations of gently worn coats. The drive was in conjunction with "Make A Difference Day" programming by AmeriCorps members nationwide.

Students collected the coats on campus and then delivered them to Slippery Rock Elementary School and Slippery Rock Parks and Recreation in anticipation of arriving winter weather.

"In addition to the coat drive, the SRU community has been very supportive of local families in need. The recent Empty Bowls Dinner drew a record crowd with proceeds amounting to $2,912 given to the Feed My Sheep Food Cupboard in Slippery Rock. Friday the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership at SRU will sponsor a screening of the 'Rocky Horror Picture Show,' with the proceeds also going to the food cupboard," said Laurel Dagnon, program manager for the AmeriCorps program. "Working with the Butler Salvation Army, 75 children in need will be supported by SRU faculty, staff and students during AmeriCorps' annual Christmas Elf Project."

Make A Difference Day is the largest national day of helping others and is sponsored annually by USA WEEKEND Magazine and its 700 carrier newspapers.