By Kait Bedell & Alexandra White – News Editor & 1851 Contributor
Lasell’s chapter of Habitat For Humanity is hosting a clothing drive benefiting Cradles to Crayons, a non-profit organization in Newton. The club held a kickoff event for the clothing drive in the Arnow quad on October 19, aiming to collect new or “like-new” items.
Students can continue to donate used clothing until November 16 outside the dining hall. There is also a dropbox site in Newtonville, located on Albany Street.
According to the club’s profile on Laser Involvement, Habitat For Humanity’s mission is to “provide students with community service opportunities while benefiting low-income families and individuals”.
Cradles to Crayons is a local organization that helps families and individuals in the Boston area who are in need. According to their website, their mission is to provide children ages newborn to 12 the essential items needed to survive and thrive. They aim to support children living in homeless or low income situations. Cradles to Crayons’ most needed donations include everyday shoes and sneakers, shirts, and sweatshirts but will also accept all clothing and coats, books, new arts and crafts supplies, and new hygiene products.
President of the Chapter and senior psychology major Beverly Banks says after the event ends, the items collected will be donated directly to Cradles to Crayons.
The drive also has an Amazon Wishlist for people to help out virtually where they can purchase items online that will be donated directly to Cradles to Crayons. The link to the wish list can be found on Cradles to Crayons Boston’s website under the Take Action and Donate Goods tab.
Banks said she enjoys her time on Habitat For Humanity and she is grateful to be able to help out with the clothing event.
“I try to be mindful of what I have and to be grateful for that…because obviously not everyone does have access to food and clothing and things like that,” Banks said. “I feel privileged to be able to allot my time to helping others in that way.”
Among those donating was first-year fashion design student Eliara Ventura Rodriguez. “I have clothes that I don’t wear anymore, so I thought it would be good to just donate them here,” Ventura said.
Isabelle Conway, a first-year elementary education major and member of Habitat For Humanity, says it’s important for students to give back to the community. “We all have clothes that don’t fit us anymore, or just don’t wear anymore. So it’s always great to donate them to someone that really needs it,” she said.
This is the first event Habitat For Humanity has hosted since the start of COVID-19. Senior Vice President Maggie Powers, a double major in entrepreneurship and marketing, says the club is eager to start working with organizations again. “We usually partner with Father Bills to donate food. We are also trying to work with the local Habitat For Humanity, whether that’s through their restores or helping with builds….”
Banks says clothing donations are especially needed around the holidays. “Now that the weather is getting cold, people are really in need of clothing. Especially winter jackets, so if we can get people to gather these items to then provide them to Cradles to Crayons, it will help people in the area and that’s the whole purpose of the clothing drive,” said Banks.
Habitat For Humanity is also doing giveaways for those who get involved with the clothing drive, Banks said at the event. According to Banks, the fifth person to donate received a gift and in the future, there will be a raffle basket which those who donate can enter to win.
“I’m really excited about the clothing drive and I really hope that more people as the weeks go on keep participating and hearing about it,” Banks said.