Presidents Day of service

February 16, 2009 3:21:22 PM PST
They came to work on their day off from school; some youngsters boxed up clothes others counted shoes.

All of the children are members of the New Castle county chapter of Jack and Jill of America Incorporated, a national historically black organization headed by moms who've made community service among its goals. This year that meant having their kids truly celebrate Presidents Day.

"Roll up your sleeves like sleeves like President Obama does, work hard like President Obama does and make a difference just like President Obama does," said 9-year-old Kennedy Crowder.

Making a difference is just what the kids did, all of the items they collected will be donated to the families of 4-hundred children deemed homeless by the Christina School District.

"When I saw all of this I said 'yes we can, yes we can'," said Lavina Smith, who is a homeless advocate.

The kids got the message as they proclaimed the numbers of items collected.

"So far we have collected 521 pairs of slacks and jeans," said 12-year-old Myles Wilson.

More than a thousand items were collected in all, some came from the children's own closets while others found different ways to get donations.

"I gave my favorite sweat shirt, my gold shoes and my heelies and some of the shirts that I wear," said 10-year-old Kyla Crowder.

15-year-old Alexis Bussey worked her neighbors; "I handed out flyers in my neighborhood and asked neighbors to drop off donations at my house."

"I'm very proud that we did that and I hope that not as many kids would be on the streets and homeless," said 8-year-old Autumn Adkins.

The community service project was originally scheduled for Martin Luther King Day, but with so many here going to Washington to witness the historical event, organizers decided Presidents Day was the best time to respond to Obama's call for change.

"It's not really about politics, it's just about embracing President Obama's call to action," said Chantel Adkins of Jack and Jill of America.

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