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Elevate gives back

Friday, November 19, 2010

Members of the Cherokee/Ida County Elevate Chapter recently went door to door in Cherokee to collect donations for the local food pantry. The group collected 169 items with in one hour and donated the items to Mid-Sioux Opportunity. Photo contributed
The Cherokee/Ida County Elevate Chapter did some "reverse" Trick or Treating at the end of October to give back to their local communities.

On Oct. 25, elevate members went door to door in Cherokee requesting donations for the local food pantry, located at Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc. The group collected approximately 169 non-perishable items in one hour.

The items were divided and donated to the Mid-Sioux Opportunity offices in Cherokee & Ida Grove. Mid-Sioux Opportunity office employees were very thankful for the donations.

Employees expressed that there is a continual need of items for the food pantry, which serves roughly seven to 10 families each week.

What is elevate?Elevate, a program ofChildren & Families of Iowa, is a youth driven, statewide group that seeks to inspire positive change for foster & adoptive children in Iowa by sharing their stories of hope.

Elevate offers educational/vocational assistance and provides the life skills youth need to become self-sufficient, independent adults. Elevate members are ages 13 and up who have been involved in foster care, adoption or other out-of-home placements.

Elevate youth hope to help foster youth to become independent adults who can successfully educate others about the child welfare system & take an active role in making life better for themselves & others in state care.

How can you help? Contact your local facilitator and allow elevate youth to speak at your next event, or consider sharing a skill/talent/hobby at the next Chapter meeting, or donate a service or a product for youth to learn from.

The Cherokee/Ida County elevate Chapter would like to encourage citizens in both counties to continue to donate to their local food pantry throughout the year and especially during this Holiday season.

They give thanks to all the residents that donated on behalf of the Cherokee/Ida County elevate.

For more information about elevate, contact Daedra Collins at 712-263-0398 (daecollins@gmail.com) Chapter meetings are held the 2nd & 4th Monday of each month at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee.

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