LUBBOCK, Texas- Having a coat to stay warm is essential when the temperatures drop. Team Bama and four Lubbock McDonald’s locations owned by Vargas Management are making sure students in need have a coat this season.
This is the first year for the coat drive which will benefit students in the Communities in Schools program.
“For us, it’s not just a jacket. If you have ever walked out on your own and forgot your jacket, you know that chill hits you,” Aguilar said. “Kids are super resilient, so taking care of them and keeping them healthy is huge.” ~ Team Bama Public Relations Coordinator Angelica Aguilar
South Plains Community in Schools Development Coordinator Nick Hay says these initiatives make a big difference for the student.
“This is very impactful in many different ways,” Hay said. “It goes down to mental health, even for students while they are at school. They can stay warm, and they can focus on really what matters most.”
The CIS program supports nearly 10,000 students across 118 schools, empowering them to stay in school.
“I love seeing its impact on all of our local students. When I see them interact with our site coordinators, they are so happy, and it makes my heart happy to see them like that,” Hay said.
The coats collected will be distributed to the site coordinators of each school to give to students in need.
“We want to make this as successful as possible in helping the community in schools. If we can make this a big deal, then this will be something we want to continue,” Aguilar said.
There are four McDonald’s locations accepting donations:
3403 Quaker Avenue
6007 Slide Road
4220 98th Street
2433 South Loop 289