Donation and Inspiration
It wasn’t your typical coat drive.
Yes, large plastic containers were placed around Loveland High School (LHS) to collect items. Yes, students responded to the cause – donating a whopping 300 items in November… but while the coat drive gave all appearances of typical – if you looked closely, you saw the unique twist. Quotes – hand-selected and some hand-written on fabric that was cut and attached inside the coats as a special, inspirational message to the person who would receive the gift.
“It was great to see students embrace the project,” said Bre Sambuchino. LHS teacher and donation drive coordinator. “Some students wanted to research quotes for the children's coats while others wanted to come up with their own quotes. It was great to see them make personal connections to the quotes while providing a service to our neighbors in need.”
The coat collection at LHS was part of a larger coat drive sponsored by 5 Cares Coat Drive to benefit the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. They will be distributed Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Young and Bertke building across the street from the St. Vincent de Paul headquarters at 1125 Bank Street. St. Vincent de Paul is looking for volunteers to decorate the space on Friday, Dec. 4, and for the donation distribution from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday, Dec. 5. Any person interested is encouraged to contact Amy Noser (ANoser@svdpcincinnati.org) at St. Vincent de Paul directly.
"I hope our students grew from the quote project,” said Sambuchino. “I hope that the coat recipients smile when they read their quotes, and that on that especially challenging day that we all inevitably face, that the quote gives them hope and encouragement to keep going. Like the Aesop quote that is attached to some of the coats says, ‘No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.’"
Photo caption: LHS students transported more than 300 items collected during the November drive to St. Vincent de Paul for distribution.