The two have collected hats, coats and other items to donate to local shelters for this winter season.
“We had a holiday luncheon last Friday, and we asked everybody to bring either hats, gloves or scarves. In the meantime, the Omega Phi Mu sorority was having a coat drive,” said Mistie Spicer, assistant to the president at SSU.
Spicer said one of the members of that sorority also is on the Special Events Committee, so they decided to team up to donate all items to the Scioto County Homeless Shelter and the Domestic Violence Shelter on Thursday. About 70 coats were collected, along with four large boxes of hats, coats and scarves for adults, children, and babies, too.
“Usually, we try to do something during the holiday lunch. Sometimes it's a canned food drive. Sometimes it's a toy drive. This year, we picked the hats and coats,” she said. “We just wanted to show that the staff, the faculty and the students here at Shawnee State University care about those that are less fortunate.”
Lou Ann Hoffer, co-director of the Domestic Violence Shelter, said the shelter has long enjoyed a good relationship with SSU.
“They do work closely with us. The Women's Center at the college is a really big supporter of ours, and they work closely to find out what our needs might be,” she said.
Hoffer said she was expecting the college to deliver a shipment of items for children staying at the shelter.
“It's a good feeling to know there are some children out there that will be a little bit warmer and a bit more comfortable this winter because somebody did care,” she said.
Maureen Cadogan, of the Scioto County Homeless Shelter, called the donations from the university a blessing.
“Sometimes people say ‘I can't give,' or ‘I don't have ...,' but just give them your old coat. Just give them whatever. It makes a difference to someone who doesn't have one,” she said. “This Christmas holiday season has brought out the goodness in so many people.”
RYAN SCOTT OTTNEY can be reached at (740) 353-3101, ext. 235.