Unsung Hero: Malone's Early Learning Center


By Ashley Smith
By Josue

CARTERVILLE -- Children and staff at Malone's Early Learning Center collected over 4000 food items in only a few weeks.

"I am so proud of the children and the staff and everyone that contributed," said Malone's Early Learning Center President Lois Malone, "It's a team effort and it makes me very happy to know that we're keeping food on people's tables."
Lois Malone says this is the second year the students and staff have donated food to the Carterville Food Pantry. This year they more than doubled their number of donated items totaling 4,132.
"This is going to make a lot of people happy. Our Christmas boxes are going to be very good," said Carterville Food Pantry Chairman Lorri Clendenin.
After loading the food on a trailer, children and staff walked behind their donations and even had a police escort to the food pantry.
Lois and Lorri agree that you're never too young to learn the importance of helping others.
"It's teaching them at this age that there are hungry people out there," said Lorri.
Those hungry people will now have food to eat this holiday season thanks to the generosity of their neighbors.
"I just really appreciate all of the help to the parents, the kids, and Malone themselves," said Lorri.
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