Giving just to give

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In the Muscatine Community School District, faculty members see hundreds of students every day. Some of these are students who struggle to get enough food or quality warm clothes. For some students this is an everyday battle, while others have never faced these problems. Seeing students who lack quality clothing and shoes catches the eyes of some people, but is sometimes overlooked by others.

Jason Wester is the principal at Franklin Elementary School in Muscatine. Jason has two children of his own, one high schooler and one college student. One day, his kids were cleaning out their closets and getting things ready to take to Goodwill when Jason’s oldest daughter Isabel suggested that the students at Franklin might be able to use the clothes instead. Isabel and her brother Drew have now been donating their outgrown clothing and shoes to the students at Franklin for three years.

“I really like donating because it makes me happy that my old clothes aren’t going to waste and they are finding a home and making some other little girl very happy,” says Isabel, reflecting on her years of donating.

What is just a shirt to one student could be like a whole new wardrobe to another. “I see immediate pride in the faces of the students who get the new clothes, and the smiles on their faces when they come in the next day wearing their new clothing,” Wester says.

For the Westers, this is a win/win situation for everyone involved. It gives to those who are in need, and it teaches the importance of giving back to the community for Isabel and Drew.

This is the kind of generosity that anyone can learn from and apply to their own lives. Anyone can get involved in giving back to the community by donating clothing, food, and other necessities to those in need.