ROGERSVILLE — The Scottish Rite Masons of Knoxville made a pre-Christmas delivery of 287 pairs of athletic shoes for elementary and middle school students in Hawkins County.
For the second year in a row, the Scottish Rite Masons worked with local school officials to find students in need of shoes and to get that order filled.
The organization takes great pride in the outreach project, and its members plan on continuing it for years to come. This year alone, the Scottish Rite Masons distributed more than $45,000 worth of shoes to 22 counties in Tennessee.
During the week leading up to Christmas break, 16 Hawkins County schools received a total of 287 pairs of athletic shoes.
The students also received new socks, thanks to the contribution of 900 pairs gathered by Mount Carmel Elementary School. MCES collected socks during November as part of its Superintendent Appreciation Month recognition of Director of Schools Charlotte Britton.
“I am grateful to the Scottish Rite Masons for the generous donation of 287 pairs of shoes for the students of Hawkins County,” Britton said. “The spirit of giving has been prevalent in our school system and I am so proud of our students, families and the Scottish Rite Masons who are giving back to others.”
April Couch, director of the Hawkins County Schools Family Resource Center, receives calls throughout the year for various clothing needs.
“We operate on a limited budget, so having this type of partnership means we can focus our funds on other needs,” Couch said.
The Family Resource Center, located at 954 East McKinney Ave., Rogersville, is open year round to meet the needs of students and families of Hawkins County schools. It provides food, clothing, personal hygiene items and school supplies.