Donated clothing has been filling the classrooms at Great Lakes Institute of Technology this summer! A generous donation from Mr. Waydell Johnson of Erie, PA, helped the Student Service Committee fill their Donation Closet. The Closet serves as a food and clothing resource for students while they are attending school. Mr. Johnson generously donated clothing that belonged to his wife, Mrs. Belinda Johnson who passed away in January.
Great Lakes students carried, sorted, and stocked items from four truckloads of clothing. Professional suits and clothing items were carefully placed on racks in the school's closet, which seeks to offer "one-stop" assistance to someone needing immediate help preparing for an interview. Student Service Committee members also saw other opportunities to assist the community with this generous donation. "It's important for us to help others if we can," says Medical Assistant student Deborah Snow.
Clothing items were packed and hung carefully in garment bags, and the students went to work. Many suggested organizations in the local community who could benefit from the remainder of the clothing donation. Mary Graziano at Dress for Success and the Mercy Center in Erie benefitted from the students’ work. The Salvation Army and Community of Caring were assisted as well. "It's nice to be able to help others," said Deborah, "just think of how many benefitted from one person's donation."
The clothing donations follow a busy spring at Great Lakes for the Student Service Committee. The group raised almost $200 to help the American Cancer Society as well as participating in fund-raising for Erie Dawn and SafeNet Erie.