The Honors Program is teaming up with SGA and TRIPS for a campus-wide clothing and hygiene drive from November 28th to December 9th. The Urban Poverty TRIP will take donations to Our Brother’s Place, a homeless shelter in Philadelphia, and all remaining donations will be sent to the Hive at Preble High School in Green Bay.
Each high school in Green Bay has a closet of donated items where, discreetly, at-risk students can select any items that they may need. Preble High School’s closet, named the Hive (since Preble’s mascot is a Hornet), is in particular need of personal hygiene items, socks, underwear, and any other type of high school-appropriate clothing. Current students, their families, and Preble alumni who have recently graduated are invited to collect clothing and other items free of charge.
Julia Novotny, a sophomore honors student who dropped off donated items to Preble High School after last year’s clothing and hygiene drive, writes, “When St. Norbert faculty and students dropped off the items collected at St. Norbert College, an associate principal and social worker at Preble High School told inspiring stories about the positive influence of ‘The Hive.’ They shared that often teachers will tell a social worker about a student who they think could use supplies from ‘The Hive,' the reason being that students are often embarrassed to ask for help. For example, one student received hygiene products (specifically deodorant), which his family couldn’t afford. The student became more confident as he was cleaner and not ‘smelly.’ Another student’s family was separating around Christmas-time; she suspected no gifts would be given to her siblings from her parents. To bring some happiness to her siblings, she came to ‘The Hive’ to find a few soft blankets to wrap and give to her siblings so they could open a gift on Christmas morning. In the winter, a student did not own a warm coat so ‘The Hive’ fortunately was able to provide one for him to come to school in. All of these students have been positively impacted by ‘The Hive.’”
Donation bins will be located throughout campus. For more information about the Hive, follow this link.