WEIRTON - Students at Madonna and Weir high schools are collecting canned foods and nonperishables door-to-door, at area businesses and during the weekend's gridiron matchups for their "Soups, Socks & Smiles" campaign.
Interact Club members at the schools have banded together for the project, being done in conjunction with USA Weekend's Make A Difference Day celebration. All donations will be presented to the Weirton Salvation Army and Community Breadbasket.
Collection bins will be stationed at the Weir High-Brooke football game at 7 p.m. Friday, and at Madonna's game vs. Steubenville Catholic Central at 7 p.m. Saturday. Both games will be played at Jimmy Carey Stadium.
MADONNA INTERACT — Madonna Interact Club members participating in the “Soup, Socks & Smiles” campaign include, from left, front, Cole Roberts, Matt Conforti, Dominic Clements, Anthony Basil, Travis Brown, Kelsey Weaver, Nate Guio; second row, Eva Bowser, Bailey Roberts, Francesca Basil, Rachel Gaughenbaugh, Alan Alimario, Alisandra Welch, Mariah Mott, Kaley Baive, Will Bowser, Emily Pietranton, Monica Bragg, Andrew Higgins; third row, Megan Boniti, Elizabeth Conforti, Gabriella Anile, Hannah Enos, Christina Conforti, Garrett Bever, Gianna Anile, Annie Magone, Maria Mazzone, Makenzie Santoro, Amanda Pulice; fourth row, Tessie Tokash, Morgan Duerr, Chloe Conner, Lea Colantonio, Megan Guida, Gabrielle Kotten, Hunter Payne, Mia Antinone, Emily Elias, Anne Frankovitch, Emily Fournier; fifth row, Gianna Antinone, Rebecca Garan, Austin Grant, Lorenzo Basil, Domenic Silvestri, James Carnes, Nicholas Higgins, Thomas Gianni, Jarod Taflan, Samuel Licata and Rachel Grubbs . Donations are being accepted at the school, at area businesses, door-to-door and at Saturday’s Madonna-Steubenville Catholic Central football game.
Club members went door-to-door in their neighborhoods for a "bag-and-tag," asking residents to fill bags with canned goods. They'll collect those bags Saturday morning.
Donations also will be accepted at the Weirton Event Center Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Kmart is collecting donations of sweatpants, socks and underwear for the less fortunate; collection bins for canned foods and nonperishables also are stationed at Wal-Mart, Kroger, Mainstream Physical Therapy and Tudor's Biscuit World.
IC Care, an elderly companion care service, is donating 24 hours of free elder care. The first 12 families who call IC Care at (740) 381-2476 will each receive two hours of free eldercare service.
The clubs have worked together before, conducting a canned food drive at the Weir High-Madonna basketball last spring to benefit Breadbasket. With their Make A Difference Day collaboration, club members are hoping to win the top prize, a $10,000 cash donation to the charity of their choice, or a recognition award from USA Weekend.