As autumn is coming to a close, Old Man Winter is rearing his head toward New York City. While it’s pleasant to think of winter as the time when you stop drinking pumpkin spice lattes and start drinking peppermint mochas, it is also important for us to remember that our city’s winters have been particularly harsh these past few years, especially to those who cannot afford heating or even warm coats. In order to help these needy people, Lifestream Club kicked off its annual coat drive yet again, and had been encouraging students to bring clean, gently-used coats and jackets to the gym between 7:30am and the beginning of FA.
By 8 a.m. on December 3, 44 coats have been donated, and six bags have been filled. Most of the donations appear to be for children, which is especially helpful to the families in need of warmth over the winter. The number of donations has been expected to increase before they are picked up by St. Mary’s at 8:30am on December 4.
Last year, 89 coats had been donated, and Lifestream members are optimistic that this year’s donations could surpass that number. To do so, Lifestream extended the coat drive to continue on December 4, between the times of 7:30am and 8:00 am. Lifestream members were showing great bounds of ambition in terms of how much goodwill they could be giving to the needy during the 2015-2016 school year, and had even begun planning for further charity drives. This includes setting up the boxes in FAs to donate box tops, which can be expected to take place after Christmas break.
Lifestream's gung-ho attitude toward charity is a cornerstone in the Fontbonne community. It is hard not to admire this club’s collective drive to do good for others, and it is especially difficult not to notice the genuine excitement that club members have to participate in the club’s charity events. Students and faculty can take a lesson from Lifestream, and become more active in our school’s charity drives.