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November 3, 2013

Giving back

Austin Elementary student given a second chance with a stable home organizes clothing, blanket drive for those less fortunate

By SALLY SEXTON

Austin Elementary’s Savannah Meece is on a mission to improve the lives of those less fortunate.

Meece last month decided to do something for the needy, organizing a coat and blanket drive for the homeless and eventually getting Austin Elementary students and staff to participate.

“The homeless don’t have a lot of things and since winter is coming, I wanted to do something so that they could have warmth,” Meece said. “They could also be having babies and those babies might freeze, too.”

Originally, the collection drive was supposed to begin Oct. 15, but was delayed a few days as Meece worked to complete her posters to go with bins around the school.

“The last time I looked, one bin was full and I had eight coats,” she said.

Meece’s compassion and giving nature is something that was recently revealed, according to her foster grandmother, known fondly as Mammy, who took in Meece and her siblings in an effort to provide them with a more stable home.

“She’s done a complete turnaround,” Mammy said.

Meece herself admits that she’s had a change of attitude in the last four months she has lived with Mammy.

“I’ve changed a bit,” she said. “I used to be rude and not really care about things.”

Some of the donated items will go toward area organizations such as Manna and Center of Hope. As for the others, Meece will get a chance to see the results of her good deeds in person when she drops them off to various neighborhoods in the Fort Worth area. Collections will continue through the Thanksgiving holiday.

Anyone wishing to contribute to Meece’s cause can contact Austin Elementary at 817-598-2848 to find collection locations.

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