Gannon University Students Hold Clothing Drive for Those Less Fortunate
Posted: February 17, 2015
To find a worthwhile project for their leadership seminar
course, Gannon University computer and information science majors
needed to look no farther than outside their frosty classroom
The students organized a winter clothing drive for Catholic
Charities Counseling and Adoption Services Refugee Resettlement
Program and will distribute the collected items on Friday, Feb.
The leadership seminar always includes a project to benefit the
community, but according to Mark Blair, who teaches the seminar,
the project usually happens later in the semester, providing more
time for planning and execution.
"Obviously," he said, "the need for the clothing wouldn't wait,
and once this project was brought to the class on January 17, I
distributed all of the authority to the students. Once a week I'm
there to facilitate, but the students are doing this on their
They found partners on campus, including the Muslim Student
Association, Delta Kappa Epsilon and Zeta Beta Tau fraternities.
They set up collection sites at three residence halls, in the
commuter and adult student lounges and the Gannon Bookstore, and
one student negotiated with the Bookstore to obtain a discount on
clothing that was purchased for the drive.
Adding a social-media component to the effort, another student
set up a "wish list" of eligible items for purchase through
Amazon.com. The "wish list" can be accessed here.
Though items collected through this week will be distributed on
Friday, Blair said the project would remain open for donations. "I
have a feeling that momentum may outlast the drive, because the
need won't end," he said, adding, "I didn't expect to see the
amount of enthusiasm and hard work the students have put in over
such a short time. It's a gratifying thing to see the Gannon
culture in action."