VFW Post warms Brooks' families with gift

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By Stephen Thomas

    BROOKS - Brooks Elementary received a special winter gift from local VFW posts.

    New coats, scarves and hats were distributed to the Brooks Family Resource Center courtesy of the VFW Post 5710 and 8639 Ladies Auxiliaries.

    Brooks teacher Stephanie Thomas initiated the process. She noticed students exiting school buses without winter coats.

    Starting with her own personal donations, Thomas spoke with her mother and then her aunt, Alice Riley, a Post 8639 member and vice-president of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Department of Kentucky.

    With Riley’s assistance, Brooks received $10 Wal-Mart gift cards courtesy of the Post 8639 Ladies Auxiliary.

    Also contacted was Post 5710 Memorial Auxiliary president Kathleen Coffey, who presented the school with new coats as well as homemade scarves and hats.

    Brenda Stroud, a Post 5710 Ladies Auxiliary member, knitted scarves and hats implementing the school’s colors.

    Brooks FRC coordinator Arleta Watkins accepted the donations. Watkins will distribute various items to students on an as-needed basis.