GHS YEP members help children
Gainesville High School freshman Olivia Milligan and Gainesville Youth Empowerment Program adviser Michelle Pointer recently delivered 14 CarePacks to Division of Family Services to be given to children who are taken into custody. “They are meant to give comfort to children during a time of transition and difficulty,” Pointer said. YEP members pack them with slightly different items depending on the age of the recipient. CarePacks may include a blanket, stuffed animal, book, puzzle, coloring book, box of crayons, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, body wash, deodorant and gum. This is the second time YEP members have made CarePacks for DFS. This time, funds were donated anonymously specifically for this purpose. YEP is in its 11th year. In addition to the CarePacks, the group fills 38 backpacks of take-home food weekly for students at the elementary, junior high and high school.