More than 30 children and staff members at Lincoln Learning Center spent the past three weeks combining their efforts to collect canned food, non-perishables and money for an ailing community member.

According to teacher Darcille Embry, Lincoln resident Marybell Young’s daughter Tammy recently suffered a massive stroke, an incident prompting the kind actions from the group.

“All the kids donated 50 cents a week, and the parents donated canned goods and non-perishables,” Embry said. “All the employees had to match what the kids brought.”

Their efforts netted a $75 donation as well as seven boxes filled with various items from food to dishwashing detergent.

“We started at the end of June, and today was the last day for this drive,” Embry said. “We’re helping out everybody in the community who may need help or need any type of assistance, and we’re challenging other daycares in Talladega County to do what we did.”

When Embry approached the kids in the center about the project, she noticed they showed a strong commitment toward the end goal.

“They were very excited about this,” Embry said. “They were all about helping.”

The students didn’t just bring donations, Embry said. Members of the 3-year old class made cards for Young, while other children made a bouquet of flowers.

A pair of Charles R. Drew Middle School students helping out at the center during the summer, Zharia Rivers and Lauren Cooley, also contributed to the cause.

“At Lincoln Learning Center, we are all about helping people in need and people in our community,” Cooley said. “This is like our own cold water challenge.”

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