The Bellarmine community has again rallied in support of the annual Winter Warmth Drive, which concludes on Friday, November 22.
“The pile of donations is getting bigger by the day and we have a few hundred blankets, thanks to your donations and efforts to engage students,” noted Anne Maloney, assistant director of Bellarmine’s Christian Service Program (CSP).
Among the highlights of the campaign thus far: The Freshmen Experience team launched the Sock Drive for freshmen homerooms; nearly 120 students from BCP, Notre Dame, and Presentation attended ASB’s “Bring a Blanket, Leave a Blanket” Movie Night last Saturday; students and faculty are enjoying a spirited competition in several classrooms; several teams are contributing, including at this week’s Cross Country banquet where blankets and shoes were donated; with in-kind donations, club funding, and donations, the “For Others” club assembled over 100 hygiene kits during lunch; members of the Mother’s Guild made 50 fleece blankets with their sons, and each day volunteers are posted by the Robotics lab to collect donations from parents; and the Dads’ Club collected clothing at its Monday night Suds for Duds event.
As of Monday, we were about 300 blankets toward the goal of 750 to ensure that each of HomeFirst’s emergency shelter beds has a blanket this Winter.
Students are encouraged to bring donations to the Interfaith Prayer Service on Wednesday and to participate in the CSP Poverty Simulation and/or Solidarity Sleepout this Thursday evening.