Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ third annual Winter Clothing Drive, sponsored by Hai Timiai, the William Smith Senior Honor Society, was a success. Having grown annually from its inception, the clothing drive asked students, staff and faculty to donate lightly used winter clothing to be given to local children.
“The winter clothing drive went very well this year,” says event organizer Christa Levesque ’11, who reported that this year, Hai Timiai collected two extra large trash bags worth of clothing.
The donated clothing was given to children who participate in the Neighbors’ Nights program at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Geneva. The Neighbors’ Nights program was launched in 1986 to reach out to the young neighbors of the church. The program currently welcomes between 50 and 100 children in grades K-8 every Wednesday evening, from October through May. Volunteers from St. Peter’s Church and students from Hobart and William Smith Colleges make the program a fun, safe and loving environment.
All the clothes donated by the Colleges were distributed during an annual Christmas party held by the Neighbors’ Nights program. Without such donations, many of the children would have no means of obtaining warm, necessary winter clothes.