December 14, 2011
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CISD (903) 654-0053
For Immediate Release
Thousands of Dollars in Food and Toys to Benefit Local Families
Corsicana Independent School District (CISD), led by Head Baseball Coach Heath Autrey and several Corsicana High School and Navarro College athletic teams joined forces with Arms of Hope to orchestrate community donations of toys, food, and money to provide for local families in need this holiday season.
Collection points at the area schools, administration building and baseball field house at Corsicana High School provided ample space for more than 1,000 toys, and $1,000 in gift cards and monetary donations.
In partnership with Arms of Hope - an organization that provides assistance to at-risk youth and families in their own neighborhoods – donations have poured in from students, community groups, churches and individuals.
“The support is overwhelming,” says Coach Heath Autrey. “I am very proud to be a part of this project and grateful for the generosity of our community, schools and athletic teams at CISD and Navarro College.”
Arms of Hope has been instrumental in helping local students all year by providing food to families over the weekends. The organization is assisting in food donations to keep the pantries stocked over the holiday break. In exchange for food donations, any left over toys, after serving our local families, will be used to assist Arms of Hope with outreach programs for single moms.
“Our hope is that our every student and family in our district will have food and gifts over the holiday break,” said Dr. Diane Frost, CISD superintendent. “I applaud all our schools, and the leadership of Coach Autrey and Billy Harlan for working hard to make this a reality.”
In all, approximately 100 local students and their families will be served by the generosity of the Corsicana/Navarro County community and Arms of Hope.
Read the Corsicana Daily Sun Article here.