McNicholas community participates in Warm Clothing Drive

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Each October, hundreds of articles of warm clothing are gathered and donated to St. Vincent de Paul during Service Club’s annual Warm Clothing Drive.

The Warm Clothing Drive, which was started 15 years ago by Community Service Coordinator Sam Roflow, is a charity event that is fueled by students, teachers, and faculty. Roflow said that the McNicholas community is extremely generous each year.

“Every year they bring tons of items,” Roflow said. “It’s usually between 300 and 700 items, and this year it was 500, so it was on the high end.” Donations consisted of mostly coats, but there were also many scarves, hats, gloves, and hoodies.

Roflow said that he prefers to hold the clothing drive in October, which is homelessness awareness month. “It is a way to be in solidarity with the impoverished,” Roflow said.

Junior Jordan Whitmore said that the clothing drive is a great opportunity because it is easy to take our comfort for granted. “We walk up from Paradise to school in the morning and think about how cold we are, and there are people that are stuck in the cold for the whole day, so I thought it would be good to help them,” Whitmore said.

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