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Collects clothing for needy

Blessed Trinity Catholic High School student Luke Donovan started collecting clothing for needy school children. (click for larger version)
December 31, 2013
ROSWELL, Ga. – A student at Blessed Trinity Catholic High School was recognized as a Point of Light Honoree Dec. 30.

Sixteen-year-old Luke Donovan was given the award for his work with local elementary schools, providing basic necessities for under-resourced students.

The award was established by former President George H.W. Bush for individuals passionate about serving others, and the Point of Light organization is renowned as the world's largest service-driven organization.

Shortly after becoming aware of the financial situations of most of the students in local elementary schools, Donovan sought, at first, to start campaigns for better meal plans. However, through generosity from other organizations, many of the schools had already received aid in this matter. After further research, Donovan realized that many students often go without adequate clothing for the winter season. So he began a warm clothing drive with the help of St. Vincent de Paul, a club founded in his high school that focused on service projects for the less privileged.

Many friends and community members willingly donated.

Last year, Donovan collected almost 250 clothing items for Mimosa Elementary School in Roswell. This included 120 coats.

This year, Donovan has set his goals even higher as he continues to collect items for Mimosa Elementary and Roswell North Elementary. He has collected more than 750 items and is still in the process of collecting more.

Luke said he hopes that his legacy at Blessed Trinity continues after he graduates and is taken to heart by the community.

"I think the most important thing to remember is that a person can volunteer wherever they are," Donovan said. "People don't realize how much work can be done in their own local communities."

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