Local College Students Reach Out and Help Those Less Fortunate

Saint Vincent College SWAG Group shipping 500 pairs of shoes to orphanages shelters

Saint Vincent College SWAG Group shipping 500 pairs of shoes to orphanages shelters

 

The women's ice hockey teams of Robert Morris University & Chatham University

The women’s ice hockey teams of Robert Morris University & Chatham University

By: Paula Green-

Love is not patronizing and charity isn’t about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same — with charity you give love, so don’t just give money but reach out your hand instead.”                                                              -Mother Teresa

        Recently, some local college students heeded the words of Mother Teresa and reached out their hands and helped those less fortunate by performing charitable acts.

         The women’s ice hockey teams of Robert Morris University and Chatham University participated in a competition that benefited clients of North Hills Community Outreach who were transitioning from homelessness.

          The ladies challenged each other to a Move-in Basket Collection Competition and the leader of the losing team had to take the “Polar Plunge” on Dec. 14, which happened to be a snowy, rainy day in the Burgh.

           The two-week challenge lasted from Nov. 27 to Dec. 11.  The baskets were filled with household necessities such as bedding, towels, cookware, toiletries and bathroom supplies.  Many of these transitioning families had no basic, every day staples so the move-in basket items were very much needed and also very welcomed.

           When the contest came to an end, Chatham won the challenge by a small margin.  Since the competition was so close, both team leaders decided to take the Polar Plunge.  Their bodies may have frozen, but they warmed many hearts of families in need.

            Another campus that was busy reaching out to the disadvantaged was Saint Vincent College in Latrobe.  The SWAG group (sacrifice, witness, adore and glorify) conducted a shoe drive.  Over 550 pairs of gently used shoes were collected and shipped to Soles for Souls.     

           Founded in 2004, this global not-for-profit institution is dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty through the distribution of shoes and clothing.  They dispense garment items and shoes to orphanages, shelters and low-incomes area both domestically and abroad.

          SWAG team members that participated in the Soles for Souls drive included – Lauren Donahue, Mark Azzarello, Andrew Razanauskas, Ben Grassi, Emily Davis, Zaza Yanosick, Alexis Zawelensky, and Steve Sherman.

          The group also raised about $450 in monetary donations.  SWAG’s mission is to enable students of all faith traditions to explore, celebrate, act on and live their faith through prayer, education, service and Christian living.  Thanks to their dedication and charitable ways they were able to donate to many deprived souls.