Turkey and Clothing Drives Yield a Happy Holiday for Families in Need
Goodwin College had plenty of help from the community-at-large in helping create a warmer and more wholesome holiday for many families and people in need.
The week before Thanksgiving, the College joined with WTIC 96.5 FM and other partners within the greater Hartford area for a successful clothing and mitten drive. Over three days, Goodwin collected frozen turkeys and cash donations to benefit Foodshare, a nonprofit organization dedicated to feeding the hungry.
Additionally, the College collected donations of new winter clothing, such as hats, scarves, gloves, and mittens, to go to the Hartford-based Love Kitchen Ministry. In turn, the organization would distribute the clothing to people who might otherwise go cold during the winter months.
CBS Connecticut, which operates several radio stations throughout the state, helped coordinate the effort. On Tuesday, November 19, radio personality Damon Scott was among those who came to Goodwin to encourage a successful drive.
“We had great participation from people on campus and beyond and the feedback from the community has been very positive,” said Kimberly Nadeau, the Admissions Manager at Goodwin College and chair of the institution’s Community Engagement Committee.
Donations were steady over the three days. East Hartford businesses and organizations such as Marco Polo Restaurant, Augie & Ray’s, and the local Chamber of Commerce contributed frozen turkeys to the effort. Goodwin students and employees donated food, money, and clothing, and many people from outside the College stopped in to help. Holiday trees became covered in warm clothing, and bags of more woolen items overflowed.
Much of the clothing was courtesy of a determined 12-year-old girl. Haley Phelps, a 6th grader at Haddam-Killingworth Middle School, recently had friends bring clothing donations in lieu of gifts at her 12th birthday party. Working with her parents, Haley donated the clothing to the Goodwin drive.
“The happy feeling I have knowing we will help keep others warm this winter was better than any present anyone could ever give me,” Haley wrote in a letter to Goodwin.
By the time the drive concluded, both the freezer and the coffers for Foodshare had been filled. In total, the College collected 33 frozen turkeys and about $1,200 in cash, which Foodshare representatives collected for the benefit of the hungry.
On Thursday evening, Nadeau and fellow Community Engagement Committee members Sandy Pearce and Lee Hameroff went to Love Kitchen Ministry to drop off the clothing. Pearce said the Ministry was very appreciative of the effort and the College looks forward to partnering again with the organization in the future.