Cape Coral High School Anchor Club gives back to furry friends, veterans

One group of Southwest Florida teenagers reminds us you are never too young to start making an impact. The Anchor Club is helping both two-legged and four-legged members of our community.

It may be November outside of Cape Coral High School, but inside several students gave the month a new name: “NovemBark” or “NovemPurrrr.” The new names run from now until Nov. 30, which is the day the Anchor Club is collecting pet supplies for the new Cape Coral Animal Shelter that opens later this year.

Owen Foster-Hickey is the president of the Anchor Club. At its core, the Anchor Club is united in community service. Foster-Hickey told WINK News that most people have animals at home, so the group decided it would be great to give back to “furry little friends” without a home.

Students in the Anchor Club organized items they have collected for veterans. (Credit: WINK News)
Students in the Anchor Club organized items they have collected for veterans. (Credit: WINK News)

“As Anchor Club keeps looking for different ways we can contribute to our community and the way that we found works best is we could have different donations every month for different causes,” Foster-Hickey said.

During the month of “Socktober,” the group of students is inspiring people with one of their charitable aims that have collected over 500 pairs of new socks. Donations of the socks will go to Hearts and Homes for Veterans, which is a non-profit that helps homeless veterans in our area.

“The thought of giving back to people who almost gave up their lives,” Kaylah Myers said. “We’re thankful for what they have done.”

“It’s really rewarding that we get to give them this stuff,” Sophia Mathewson said.

These Seahawks give back to Southwest Florida year-round with shirt logos that read, “impressions for life,” and actions that make an impact. They welcome pet supplies donations to be dropped off at Cape Coral High School. Next month, “Decembear” theme, is a teddy bear collection for Valerie’s House, which is an organization that helps children grieving the loss of a loved one.

“We give back to our community any way we can,” Foster-Hickey said. “The mission of our anchor club is do more, be more.”

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