EL DORADO — Got unused diapers or baby supplies sitting around? Callie Carter and the El Dorado High School wants them.
The EHS senior organized a diaper drive to help raise supplies for young families affected by Hurricane Harvey. The school is partnering with United Way and accepting diapers and other supplies such as bottles, blankets, and other gently used baby items in an attempt to fill a trailer full of stuff for Harvey victims through Sept. 16. All proceeds will go to the Texas Diaper Bank in San Antonio.
“We haven’t gotten a ton of stuff yet,” Carter said. “We have a trailer and our goal is to fill it. We’re also taking money donations to go out and buy things like diapers and bottles.”
Carter and the trailer were at Wal-Mart this weekend to raise donations. They’ll also be at the home El Dorado football and Butler Community College football games this week.
While Carter does not have any family in Texas, several members of the El Dorado School District staff does, bringing this cause close to home.
“I aw there was a lot of things on the news and social media and I wanted to do something,” Carter said. “I contacted the United Way. I noticed a lot of fundraisers in our area, but not a lot to help young children and families.”
This is the first donation drive Carter has organized.
“This is the first thing I’ve organized, but I’ve volunteered a lot for National Honor Society and as the Vice President of the Senior Class and Student Council,” Carter said. “I love the feeling of helping people and enjoy being able to make a difference.”
Offering a large amount of support is Todd Miller, high school science teacher and NHS and senior class advisor. Graphic Concepts of El Dorado donated a banner for the drive, King of Freight of Wichita is shipping all the items donated for free, and C-Tech Industrial Group has pledged to donate a second trailer if donations overflow the first.
For more information or to donate contact Carter at email@example.com.