Ski and Snowboard Club host winter accessories drive for the homeless

The Ski and Snowboard Club is holding a winter accessories drive for Boston’s homeless collecting hats, gloves, scarves and any other winter clothing students may have to donate.

“There’s a large population that doesn’t have enough to stay warm,” said the Ski and Snowboard Club’s President, junior, Caitlin Murray. Together with Tori Dost, the service intern for Student Involvement and Leadership Development (SILD), the Ski and Snowboard Club began a winter accessories drive in January to give back to the homeless during the winter season.

The club is donating all items collected to Friends of Boston’s Homeless, an organization that helps people who are homeless with shelters, emergency care and other beneficial programs.

On their website, Friends of Boston’s Homeless describes itself as a non-profit organization that has been operating since 1987 and has raised over $20 million for the care and services of homeless individuals in Boston. The group encourages individuals, businesses, foundations and charitable organizations to help its goal of ending homelessness in Boston.

“We focus on removing the final barriers of transition that often city and state programs don’t have the means to cover,” the non-profit said in its mission statement, adding that there is an emergency shelter on Woods Mullen, now that the Long Island shelter is closed.

Dost initially reached out to the group in order to provide volunteer opportunities for club members, however, because the shelter is now closed, Friends of Boston’s Homeless requested donations instead.

“I believed FSU’s donated goods would best serve the individuals who receive services from the Friends of Boston’s Homeless,” said Dost. She added that this organization offers help to its patrons for shelter, education and life-skills programs, which help those who are homeless to obtain and keep housing.

Dost encouraged those interested to reach out to her at her email, volunteer@framingham.edu, for more information about Friends of Boston’s Homeless or other volunteering opportunities.

Murray said the organization requests any hats and socks that are donated to be new for sanitary reasons, but she encourages students to bring any other items that they don’t need anymore, such as extra mittens and scarves.

“This is the first time we are doing this drive,” said Ski and Snowboard Club Treasurer Carrie Duff, a sophomore, who hopes that this will help those in need. She added that the club hopes to have a good turnout.

The Ski and Snowboard Club began soliciting donations on Monday, Jan. 26 during the clubs and activities fair. Since then, the club received about 30 donations – mainly of gloves – said Murray, but the club is hoping to have more to give to the Friends of Boston’s Homeless by the end of the drive.

The last time to donate is Friday, Feb. 6 in the McCarthy Center lobby from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Michaela Lombardo, a sophomore, said she will definitely donate. “This is the time of year when people are complaining of being cold in classrooms, but there are people who really need to stay warm. People should really think about giving back if they can.”

However, Sophomore Kaylee Slafkosky said she had not heard about the drive. “I wish I knew earlier, though, and I would have grabbed some scarves from home, but that’s a good cause.”

Sophomore Colleen Jenkins also said she didn’t know about the drive. “I don’t think it was well publicized. I would have brought stuff if I had known about it over break.”

Freshman Holly Brown said she would try to donate, adding, “I have a lot of scarves.”