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Volunteerism in Greenwood: The Warm Heart of Elijah Huff

Project Warmth

Elijah HuffLast year, Elijah Huff participated in his East Pointe Elementary 4th grade class’ fundraising project to help tornado victims of Moore, Oklahoma. Elijah discovered that helping others through a community service project was something he really enjoyed. Described by his mother-Liz Huff-as “a very selfless kid,” he and his family and their church youth group serve food to the homeless in downtown Fort Smith.

This year, Elijah wanted to do more, perhaps some- thing for other children. He had noticed as fall arrived that some kids at school had no warm coats. After presenting the idea of a warm coat drive to his 5th grade teacher-Mrs. Dean- and then to the administration, “Project Warmth” was born.

While Elijah’s parents note that he really has a warm heart, they also credit Elijah’s witnessing service to others in this very giving community and his coaches in FASDOGS, Pittbulls and Wrestling.

“All of those coaches emphasize the importance of character” says Liz Huff, adding, “We couldn’t be more proud of him, his class and those coaches. Mrs. Dean fosters kindness and compassion.”

Elijah presented his idea to his classmates and they all agreed that this was a project that the whole class could get involved in working the “Donation Stations” at ball games. With this story is a flier detailing how others can help with the donation of new or gently worn coats for children.

The Greenwood Tradition proudly salutes Elijah, his classmates, Mrs. Dean and the giving community that made “Project Warmth” possible. You are sure to read more about these kids and their giving spirit as the years go by.

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