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Owens Community College Students Assist Homeless Shelters by Organizing Clothing Drive
Owens Community College students have taken the initiative, with support from the Office of Student Life, in organizing a Clothing Drive this past week to aid the homeless during this frigid winter season.
Beginning this past Tuesday, January 21, Owens' Student Government and the Environmental Club coordinated a Clothing Drive asking for various charitable donations from the College's faculty, staff and students to help the less fortunate as a result of the freezing temperatures in Northwest Ohio.
In the span of four days, the two student organizations collected over 100 garbage bags full of donated items, such as blankets, coats, hats, gloves, pants, sweaters, sweatshirts, shoes, socks, scarves and headbands.
From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today in the College's Student Health and Activities Center, Owens students will be separating the charitable clothing to present to the Toledo Rescue Mission and St. Paul's Community Center's Outreach Program, which are both located in Downtown Toledo. The blankets and clothing will be loaded into a truck and depart for the homeless shelters at 3 p.m.
"One hundred percent of the credit for organizing this Clothing Drive goes to the two student organizations," said Dermot Forde, Owens Coordinator of Student Activities. "The individuals in both of these organizations are the type of students who will motivate others to be active and involved on campus and in the community. They are wonderful examples of leadership."
Forde added, "The donations collected this past week will help hundreds of individuals who are in need of blankets and clothing during these very cold winter months."
Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 23 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 38,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 140 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.