by Caleb Workman
The Lance – News Editor
UWindsor students and faculty too time out of their schedules to help Windsor feel a little warmer this winter.
The group has been meeting regularly to knit and crochet hats, gloves and other apparel to give to those in need of some extra heating throughout the season. Chrisandra Skipper, outreach coordinator for campus ministry, said on top of the donations they will be giving out they are also teaching people how to make these items.
“We could easily go out and collect things that were previously bought or that people want to donate,” said Skipper. “We really want to have that aspect of community shining through the event. We’re putting some love into the event and we’re showing people that we care.”
The group will be working with the International Student Services, Windsor Youth Centre and the Windsor Warming Crew to distribute the made clothing and to make sure it all goes out to people who need it. The Windsor Warming Crew goes out and distributes the items throughout the city for people so they don’t have to go anywhere specific to get where they need – they can just pick it up from around the city.
“I think it’s very important as a student to connect and give back to the community around them,” said Skipper. “A student usually doesn’t have a lot of money to contribute nor do they have a lot of time. This is something little that will give the opportunity to give back and help out other students on campus as well as individuals in the community.”
This is the second year the university has done this and, according to Skipper, they have up-scaled a lot since last year having 10 bins around campus as opposed to the year prior where they had much less.
Stephen Tolmie, faculty of education student, said he just stopped by campus ministry and thought he’d help out.
“I’ve been involved with campus ministry since my undergrad and I’ve always loved to help out where I can,” said Tolmie. “I love helping my community as much as possible, especially being a teacher candidate.”
Tolmie said seeing some of the children around the community with nothing is devastating and he hopes to make a difference with this as he does with his future in education.
The event will be continuing through the month of November and is accepting all volunteers. For more information, visit campus ministries in Assumption Hall.