Sioux City East Teacher is a Heartland Hero

Heartland Hero
I don't know how many kids lives she's probably changed, she's so influential and overall just a really nice woman...she's great.

A Sioux City teacher is among five people being recognized by the American Red Cross as Heroes of the Heartland.

Whether its food or clothes Janet Coon is a hometown hero to not just her students but many more.

Watch Janet's story here

It was just about a year ago that Sioux City East teacher Janet Coon noticed a big need for one of her students.

That students was going home on weekends to little or no food.

And that's when it stuck her. She realized there was something she could do to help him. So she started the food for thought program at east high school.

"Taking that leap of faith and working with other people who are liked minded its grown now to 130 food for thought bags."

But she didn't stop there, she also established a clothes closet.

But this isn't your typical closet,this one has nice garments that can be used for a job interview or even a school dance.

"We have had over 100 individuals come in to borrow clothing or to take clothes and we have given away over 500 pieces of clothing."

Students who volunteer for both projects say coon has changed lives.

"I don't know how many kids lives she's probably changed, she's so influential and overall just a really nice woman...she's great" said Danielle Massey a student.

The programs hope to expand next year by using social media and rising awareness at the school.

Coon will be recognized as one of five individuals tomorrow at the Heroes for Heartland event but for now she's focused on improving these two programs and impacting so many more lives.

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