Students in two groups at Webster County High School want children who are taken by Child Protective Services to have a little extra comfort during that trying time.
Students in the Mentors and Upward Bound groups at the high school teamed up to run Cuddles for Kids, a drive to collect new blankets and stuffed animals to give to children who are removed from their homes by CPS.
It's something that happens everywhere, but teacher Mary Ross said she sees a greater need in Webster County than other places.
"With the new meth epidemic, in my opinion, it's become an even bigger need, because as the kids said, when those kids are removed, they get nothing, you don't get your favorite toy, you don't get your favorite blanket, you don't get anything," Ross said.
And the CPS system is very busy in the county. Ross said she sees many students come through her classes who are involved with CPS, so when she was looking for a community service project, it was a perfect fit.
"I have a lot of kids who have come through CPS, and I know they need things, so I called the CPS lady and asked them if it was a good idea, and she said please do it," Ross said.
While Ross sees kids involved in the system, for some students involved in the drive, it's personal. Many know family members who were a part of the system, or were themselves, and that only inspires them to do even more.
"A lot of our family's been taken by CPS and stuff, so whenever I told my mom, my grandma heard and then they just kinds went from there," said Webster County student Taylor Anderson.
Anderson's family has already jumped in and made some blankets they've donated to the drive. If you'd like to help, you can drop new blankets or stuffed animals off at Webster County High School between now and January 11.