Syrian refugees living in Aurora and Newmarket will be warmer this winter thanks to a recent clothing drive by SAC’s Community Service Council.
Spearheading the successful Drive was Thomas Kook, grade 10, who organized the every step of the operation, from sending out instructions and reminders to delivering donations to the Salvation Army.
“I felt that given the compassionate nature of our school, we would be able to help the refugees out in the difficulties they face,” says Thomas. He was inspired by what students and teachers have achieved when they get behind an initiative they are passionate about, such as the SpringSmash fundraiser for the Jumpstart charity and the annual Holiday Heroes program.
The SAC Clothing Drive ran April 26 – May 6, with collection boxes set around the School for donations. People were simply asked to donate one piece of winter clothing.
“The response was overwhelming,” says Wendy Pries, Community Service Coordinator, noting they collected enough clothing to fill a 10-foot cargo van!
“Without Thomas’ dedication and effort, the clothing drive would not have happened,” Mrs. Pries says, proud of not only his efforts, but the entire Community Service Council and the SAC community that contributed to this worthy cause.
“This proves once again that when our school as a whole decides to help out the community, we can really have a huge impact,” adds Thomas.