By: Morgan Sowell
Students from College of the Ozarks and the Board of Taney County Child Welfare Advisory Committee joined together in a community service project to help foster children of Taney County. College of the Ozarks students Caleb McElvain, Luke Elfrink, Tim Dickenson, Whitney Garrison, Rachel Denny, Morgan Sowell, Assistant Professor Dr. Stephen Bell and adjunct professor Mrs. Tracy Bell comprised the CALL group “Love is Constant.”
The Leadership Development Track (LDT), a student-led program at College of the Ozarks, organizes a retreat in which students learn about leadership. Groups of eight students and two professors from the retreat are paired together for the remainder of the semester. Each group comes up with its own community service project to plan and implement the remainder of the semester.
Members of the CALL group “Love is Constant” share a heart for children, which influenced their idea to give back to the community by providing suitcases to foster children in Taney County. The team came together with the board of six women from Taney County Child Welfare Advisory Committee to put this vision in action. While working together, the two teams provided 24 suitcases for the foster children ages 7 to 13 in Taney County. The suitcases were donated from college students, churches, organization and groups throughout the community. The Board of the Taney County Child Welfare Advisory Committee provided the essentials for inside the suitcases, which ranged from hygiene items to fun things for the kids to play with while making their transition from home-to-home.
“We would like to thank everyone who helped in making our vision possible,” said project participant Morgan Sowell. “We were truly blessed to have community support.”
For more information on how to help the foster children of Taney County, contact Cindy Rains at 417-335-9233 or Joyce Baker at 417-334-8844.
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