SPRINGFIELD, Mo.--(12/20/17) It didn’t take long for Jeana Scroggins to identify a need in the community of Ash Grove.
“Some kids don’t have shoes, they don’t have clothes, they don’t have basic food over the weekend,” she said.
Jeana took it upon herself help …… to start a local chapter of Care To Learn in her town, an organization that addresses hunger, health and hygiene concerns for those in need.
Even though the population of Ash Grove is just over 1,400; Jeana was able to raise $23,000 in the past year.
That money has gone to help address students hunger needs while they are not at school, when meals can be hard to come by. Students are sent home for the weekend with cans of food in their backpack, making sure their nutritional needs are met.
“We have to make our community as strong as it can be, and our community is only as strong as our weakest student, and when I say a weak student, I mean a student that doesn’t have what they need, a child going to school hungry, how are they going to learn?" Scroggins explains.
And its no surprise what she plans to do with the money.
“We will eventually get winter and we will have to get coats, we have to get shoes and we have to get gloves and hats, so I’m sure that is what this will be for.”