The Springfield College Leadership Training Conference and Rachel’s Challenge student organizations led a community outreach program that collected food, clothing, and school supplies for local nonprofit organizations and schools to support the global initiative #GivingTuesday on Nov. 29.
Individuals were able to participate in #GivingTuesday by donating canned food that was distributed to the Open Pantry in Springfield; donating socks that were distributed to the Friends of the Homeless emergency shelter in Springfield; donating school supplies that were donated to White Street Elementary School in Springfield; writing on the pledge banner; donating a monetary gift that will support alternative spring break trips for Springfield College students; or writing thank you notes to students and Springfield College employees.
Drop-off locations for the canned food, socks, and school supplies were set up throughout the campus in the Wellness Center, Office of Admissions, Marsh Memorial, Alumni Hall basement (in the Office of Marketing and Communications), and Administration Building.
In addition, Rachel's Challenge collected items including blankets, coats, gloves, hats, scarves, sweatshirts, mittens, socks, and earmuffs in designated "Warm A Heart" containers, located in residence halls.
#GivingTuesday is a global movement that encourages individuals to give back to the local community and celebrate generosity. For more information, visit givingtuesday.org or follow the Springfield College efforts on Twitter at @SCGivingTue, or utilize the social media hashtag #givingtuesday.