Columbus School Supply Drive For Orphans Underway

5/22/17 – A school supply drive is underway that aims to help orphaned children abroad. School officials in Columbus are asking residents to donate school supplies that will be shipped to a Honduras orphanage. Columbus Middle School Assistant Principle Cori Denk says that a lot of items such as desks and chairs accumulated in their school basement. After a community garage sale the school still had a few items left over and the school administration was wondering what to do with them.  Denk said they got in contact with the World Orphan Fund, an all-volunteer organization that assists orphanages in third-world countries. A volunteer with the group and co-coordinator on this project Kevin Roche says the orphanage needs diapers, laptop computers, tennis shoes, notebooks, pencils, and clothes. The Honduras orphanage is called Our Little Brothers and Sisters and has over 500 children, making it one of the largest there. The World Orphan Fund founder RJ Johnson says they work closely with the community. He says they have kids from newborn’s all the up to 18-year-olds and work with kids that have been sexually and physically abused. The donation drive will take place from today until June 2 at the elementary, middle, and high schools in Columbus during school hours. There will also be a collection barrel at St. Jerome School and the public library in Columbus. Also at St. Katherine Drexel Church in Beaver Dam after their May 27 mass. For more information on the drive you can check out Columbus’ Facebook page at Columbus Community Learning Services.