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Dad's Club finds hope at home

TOWN 'N COUNTRY - The Dad's Club at Incarnation Catholic School has only been around for a year, and already it is trying to make a difference in the community. The group wanted to follow the school year's heroes theme and search for a cause to join. The dads didn't have to look too far before they found Hope Children's Home, which houses abused, abandoned or orphaned children. The Dad's Club kicked off a collection drive during a Dec. 2 assembly, when students from the school brought in canned goods, toiletries and a television.
"We want to show the school that we are responsible to society by helping others," said David Perri, the club's president. The club will be collecting donations through Friday. John Tatum, a boys' house parent for Hope Children's Home, said one of the most immediate needs is produce. The home's website, www.hopechildrenshome.org, also lists chips, laundry detergent and softener. "This is a big thing and it makes us feel great," said Tatum about the school's donations. Tatum told students and staff that since the home opened in 1988, it has had to go grocery shopping only once because the community has always been so helpful. Michael Zelenka, Incarnation's principal, said that as a school, "This is only the tip of the iceberg on what we can do." Anyone interested in helping Hope Children's Home should visit the website or call (813) 961-1214 for more information.

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