WCTC students bridge holiday gap with donated clothing, food

Jan 10, 2019
Produce set out for Waldo County Technical Center students to take home over Christmas break.

Waldo — Students at Waldo County Technical Center left for holiday break equipped with warm clothes and some extra food, thanks to the Tech Center’s second annual 'Tis the Season celebration.

WCTC’s student center was bursting at the seams with clothing, toiletries and food Dec. 18 and 19, all donated by the community. Holiday music played while students were given empty shopping bags and encouraged to take what they needed.

They quickly filled their bags with hoodies, socks, coats, boots, oranges, bread, pasta, deodorant, apples and toilet paper. There were also sweet treats laid out for students to enjoy on the spot.

Unfortunately, for many students, holiday break means a break from reliable meals, warm rooms and caring adults. This event helps teens take some the warmth of WCTC home with them.

'Tis the Season was organized by WCTC’s Food For Friends/It’s Cool To Be Warm Committee, which is dedicated to ensuring that students who attend classes at the tech center have their basic needs met so they can focus on learning.

The generosity of the Waldo County community helps make the program possible, according to a news release from the tech center. Among its supporters are members of Belfast Rotary Club, athenahealth, a local food pantry, and a number of individuals.

As winter progresses,the need continues for warm coats, boots and non-perishable food. Anyone interested in donating to the WCTC clothing and food pantries should contact Lacey Breems at 342-5231, ext. 222, or lbreems@waldotech.org.


WCTC students were able to take home warm clothing arrayed during the second annual 'Tis the Season event in December.
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