Sodality and Alumni Kick Off Winter Clothing Drive

Posted January 10, 2017 / Last updated January 11, 2017

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The Sodality of Our Lady

Following last year’s success, Jesuit’s Sodality and the Class of 1984 are again partnering for the 2nd Annual Winter Clothing Drive, collecting cold-weather items for the Harry Tompson Center (HTC). 

During Monday’s announcements, Kevin Murphy ’00, community service director, introduced the drive and reminded Blue Jays that we are all called to living lives of generosity. He then introduced Ward Rice ’84, who kicked off the drive by reiterating to students the significance of their 2016 efforts.

“Last year the Jesuit High School community collected over 1,000 items for the Harry Thompson Center, which helps local homeless men and women,” Rice said. “We are hopeful you will help us deliver again this year.”

John Gunaldo, a freshman member of the Sodality, also urged classmates to donate Jan. 9 through 20 by placing items in bins across campus.

Founded by Fr. Harry Tompson, S.J., the HTC provides day shelter for the chronically homeless. As part of the center’s extensive programming, the HTC aims to reintegrate as many homeless as possible back into mainstream society, helping to meet their most basic needs by providing clothing and personal hygiene items. To further its meaning, mid-drive a volunteer from the center will speak to Sodality students about homelessness in New Orleans, as well as HTC’s work in combating it. At the drive’s conclusion, alumni and students will deliver the donations to the HTC.

“I can’t tell you how much it means to give a sweatshirt or shoes to people in need,” Rice told students. “Little things like a pair of gloves or a cap — you really have no idea how far your donation goes in the lives of others.”

In addition to new socks and underwear, gently-used winter coats and gloves, warm hats, shoes, belts, and backpacks, check out other items on the Harry Tompson Center’s wish list here.