CCES helps students with clothing ‘store,’ food pantry

December 8, 2016

A bus driver notices that a student they pick up on a near-freezing morning isn’t wearing a coat. The shivering student boards the bus, as if it were just another day to them. But it’s first of many where they will be waiting in a chilly to bitter cold morning in the Ozark foothills, where temperatures often dip to the 20s, and sometimes the teens, about the same time every morning as they wait for the bus.

Cold mornings are a fact of life for many in this area, which is one of the most impoverished areas of Independence County. Winter coats are expensive and children will often have to make do with a hoodie, a flannel shirt or even just a sweater.

Some of those kids may even have it harder, being unsure where their next meal, outside of school, is coming from.

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