Branching out to help the homeless


Leonard L. Hayhurst

Bailee Cass, a student at the Coshocton Opportunity School, hangs coats on Main Street for the needy and homeless part of a winter clothing drive. The project is similar to one in Europe where coats were placed on trees for those who need to them to come and take.
  • The Coshocton Opportunity School collected 96 coats and other items for a winter clothing drive.
  • Coats in bags with hangers were placed on trees Monday along Main Street by students and staff.
  • The items are for the homeless and needy of the area with hopes of more donations coming in as the campaign becomes more known.
  • The Opportunity School gives at-risk students ages 16 to 21 a chance for their high school diploma.

COSHOCTON – A unique clothing drive by the Coshocton Opportunity School to help the homeless and needy this winter had items claimed in just a few hours.

Diana McKee, a paraprofessional at the school, said she saw on Facebook where coats for the needy were put on trees in Europe with notes about their previous use. She sent information about it to her bosses, who believed it was a good and different idea. 

Staff and 38 students on Monday afternoon walked Main Street to hang the coats from trees between Second and Seventh streets. Roger Moore, school superintendent, said all 96 coats and other items had been claimed by Tuesday morning.

They are always looking for ways their students can give back to the community and that’s been tough this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, McKee said. In the past, students have volunteered for the food pantry at New Life Ministries and clean up at Lake Park. 


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