This fall, staff showed up to attend the annual Towson University Staff Council (TUSC) Staff Development Conference with a check, scarves, hats and gloves in hand. Why would they bring such items on a warm day? Because this year’s conference service project gave them the opportunity to join forces with Operation Warm to help provide Baltimore City children with clothes to keep them warm this winter.
Operation Warm’s mission of “inspiring hope and empowering communities by manufacturing and distributing new winter coats to children in need through partnerships with donors and community organizations.” resonated with the TUSC conference planning committee. They decided to make it the service project for the conference and contacted Operation Warm’s Baltimore office for help. Operation Warm offered to provide 2,000 coats for local children and asked TU to collect scarves, hats and gloves to be paired up with the coats.
During the conference a number of people brought the requested items, while others told TUSC staff that they forgot their items at their office or at home but wanted to help. TUSC decided to extend the collection one week to allow staff members to interoffice or drop off items to the Office of Human Resources, where the donations were stored for pick up by a representative of the Baltimore City School District.
Thanks to the extra week, staff donated 20 scarves, 40 hats and 93 pairs of gloves! We also collected $330 dollars which will be used to purchase winter coats for 16 children.
My appreciation goes out to the campus community for banding together to support a great cause. For additional information about Operation Warm or to help their mission, please go to www.operationwarm.org or www.facebook.com/operationwarm.