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Local nonprofit gives away more free jackets to Bay District students

These jackets were purchased with a $50,000 grant from the Ironman Foundation. (WJHG/WECP)
These jackets were purchased with a $50,000 grant from the Ironman Foundation. (WJHG/WECP)(WJHG)
Published: Nov. 21, 2019 at 4:26 PM CST
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One local nonprofit is working to give away even more free jackets to Bay District students in need.

Thursday at the Bay District School warehouse, there was a lot of unpacking and sorting going on. Volunteers with Rachal's Recovery Relief were working fast to organize jackets to be given out at schools before Thanksgiving break.

These jackets were purchased with a $50,000 grant from the Ironman Foundation.

"The support is just unreal. I can't believe we are still at a point that we are in such a need, to see so many people come out and help today, it's just absolutely heartwarming," Rachal's Recovery Relief founder Rachal Smoker said.

Some of the money also went toward buying items for calm corners in schools. Calm corners are safe spaces in classrooms where kids can sit quietly and calm down if they're experiencing anxiety.

"We also ordered some classroom sets of books written on an elementary school level like what to do if I'm having a bad day, how to calm myself, how to focus, those kinds of things," Bay District Schools Public Information Officer Sharon Michalik said.

Children who are in need of a jacket can ask their guidance counselor for one. Michalik said she expects a couple thousand more students to receive jackets.

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