Community Service

Webb’s ‘Bear Bottoms’

Pisgah High School senior starts project that provides underwear and socks to kids
By Lois Beery | Jan 07, 2017
Photo by: Lois Beery Pisgah senior Maddie Webb is the founder of “Bear Bottoms.”

CANTON — Maddie Webb is a very busy senior student-athlete at Pisgah High School.
In addition to being an outstanding and serious student, her schedule also includes being a standout at Pisgah High School in basketball, soccer, track, the Carolina Mountain Soccer Club and the Lady Xplosion basketball club.
Webb also is active with the Pisgah Leo Club, National Honor Society, Diversity Club, PASCO and attends Long’s Chapel UMC.
For most, academics, practices, games and service club activities is a full schedule.
However, something was stirring in Webb’s heart to seek out a project to make a difference in the community. While attending a Canton Lions Club gathering with her parents Jack and Mikell, she heard Lorinda Whaley speak about Clothes to Kids and the need for new underwear and socks.
When Whaley finished her presentation, Webb looked at her mom, who instantly knew what her daughter was thinking.
Webb thought, since she was a Pisgah Black Bear, she would call her new project, “Bear Bottoms.”
WPTL owner and manager Terrell Evans, who also is a Canton Lions Club member, offered to help sponsor her project “Bear Bottoms” and scheduled an interview to get the word out.
Webb enlisted her friend Erica Jimison to draw the art for the poster. Others offered to have baskets and posters and Webb gave out baskets and put up posters for the drive for the month of November and December as more folks donated underwear and socks as they Christmas shopped.
Her parents also provided a room in the house and their car trunks, which were full of new socks and underwear.
Before Christmas, Webb, her sophomore teammate Emma Sorrells and her mom delivered the items.
Webb wants the “Bear Bottoms” project to continue on after she graduates from Pisgah High School in June. So she asked Sorrells to carry on the torch of the project when she is in college.
Sorrells was honored.
Baskets were placed at American Cleaners, Canton Central UMC, Canton Food Lion, Hometown Hardware, Pisgah High School, First Citizens Bank, WPTL and Canton Lions Club meetings.
One has to wonder what will be Webb’s next project that makes a difference her her community.
Whatever it is, it definitely will be a winner — just like Webb.

Clothes To Kids of Haywood County, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit charity with a mission to provide new and quality used clothing to low-income, school age children, free of charge.  
Since starting the charity in August 2013, Clothes To Kids have distributed more than 2,350 wardrobes.  That means 6,642 pieces of new underwear, 6,820 pairs of new socks, and approximately, 5945 pairs of pants, in addition to other wardrobe pieces.
Clothes To Kids works closely with the Public School System. The social workers/counselors/teachers refer families (based on need and on attendance in classes) to make an appointment twice a year. When the families come to shop, each child is able to pick out a school wardrobe consisting of three outfits.  That includes three tops, three bottoms, a jacket or sweater, a dress, three pairs of underwear, three pairs of socks, a pair of shoes and three accessories.  
A winter coat is given in season.
The needs for these kids never ends, and since it’s constantly in need of donations of gently used and new school age appropriate clothes from kindergarten through high school, the organization was ecstatic when we heard that Maddie Webb and Emma Sorrells had spearheading a drive to collect underwear so that no child would have a “bear bottom” this winter.
Clothes to Kids experienced the largest number of appointments in October, November and December since 2013 and are booked out into January.  The girls delivered more than seven hampers and bags filled with more than underwear — there were socks and many other clothing items. Clothes to Kids were pleased to see these high school girls take it upon themselves to help others less fortunate.
To find out more about Clothes to Kids of Haywood County or to donate either clothes or money to purchase needed sizes or categories, call 828-456-8990 or visit their shop at 177 Weldon Way No. 2 at Lake Junaluska.  
Also, check out www.clothestokidshaywood.org, email at ctkhaywood@yahoo.com and like us on Facebook.

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