After a visit to Choluteca, Honduras, in April 2013, Jamie Cano, Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership (ACEL), and Warren Tyler Agner, a Ph.D. student in Agricultural and Extension Education, decided to launch a clothing drive for children in that area. In setting up the drive, they sought the assistance of two people: Trina Beebe, ACEL office administrative associate, who was serving as president of the college's Staff Advisory Council, and Amy Jo Frost, an Agriscience Education undergraduate student, who had also been to Honduras though in a different capacity. The clothing drive became a college-wide effort, with collection boxes in all the buildings on the college's Columbus campus.
Through the combined efforts of the team, and after a collection period of about two months, from Oct. 1 to Nov. 29, 2013, two vanloads of clothing were gathered. In addition to clothing, there were donations of some toys as well as a desperately needed commodity, shoes. The clothing, toys and shoes were delivered to World Gospel Mission for shipment to Choluteca on Jan. 8.
The mission's Choluteca office is run by a department alumnus, Larry Overholt, and his wife, Angie. Larry received his M.S. in Agricultural and Extension Education in 2000.