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2/26/2014 9:40:00 AM
Acorn Montessori School delivers the goods to St. Jude's
Acorn Montessori Director Cynthia Johnson, center, and students help unload two pickup trucks and a van full of items to benefit mothers and children in recovery.
Trib Photo/Sue Tone
Acorn Montessori Director Cynthia Johnson, center, and students help unload two pickup trucks and a van full of items to benefit mothers and children in recovery.
Trib Photo/Sue Tone
Creating hearts with their hands, Acorn Montessori students stand next to the schoolís donations to Sister Peterís Closet in Prescott.
Trib Photo/Sue Tone
Creating hearts with their hands, Acorn Montessori students stand next to the schoolís donations to Sister Peterís Closet in Prescott.
Trib Photo/Sue Tone

Sue Tone
Reporter


The student council at Prescott Valley's Acorn Montessori Charter School organized a collection of "things not covered by food stamps" to benefit women and children through the Judian Society in Prescott.

On Feb. 13, students delivered two pickup trucks and one van crammed full of items such as strollers, toys, books, shoes, toiletries and diapers, to St. Jude's Possible Shop on West Gurley. They started collecting in November, but officially, the drive began in January.

Students also decorated the outside of the collection boxes with hearts and inspirational words.

The charter school has donated to Stepping Stones in Prescott Valley in the past, said Acorn Director Cynthia Johnson. They take part in programs in Prescott at the library and also Sharlot Hall Museum. She heard about the mission of this project - to support the struggling widow, divorced woman and single mother finding themselves in crisis situations - and wanted to "show that everything is possible."

"It's really going to help my mothers and children," said Kathy Reinhardt, co-founder and co-CEO of St. Jude's Possible Shop and It's Possible Bakery.

The Judian Society has been in Prescott for the past 38 years, Reinhardt said, but only the past four years as a non-profit doing public ministry work. It previously operated out of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. St. Jude Thaddaeus is the patron saint of desperate cases.

The donations go to Sister Peter's Closet, which helps those in a Christian transitional living residence for women in recovery. The organization also works with Coalition for Compassion and Justice, NACOG, and Catholic Charities.

"We all work together," Reinhardt said.


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