Commerce students bring hope for the holidays
Queen’s Commerce students are helping to provide a brighter holiday season for underprivileged families in the Kingston community through their first-annual Holiday Hope Campaign. On December 4 at noon, students will gather around a large tree in the atrium of Goodes Hall to bring together the gifts and donations they have collected for more than 50 sponsor families.
"We initially set our goal to sponsor 50 local families,” says third-year commerce student and Commerce Society member Adam Mitchell, who helped spearhead the campaign. "The feedback and response from students has been overwhelming. After only three days of registration, we had 52 groups of students registered, allowing us to exceed our goal.”
The student-lead initiative is in partnership with Kingston Children's Aid Society (KCAS). As part of the campaign, Commerce students formed groups—whether it was with housemates, friends, or committee members— to provide their sponsor families with a memorable holiday experience. Groups were given information regarding family members' ages, clothing sizes and holiday wishes.
Gifts will be collected during the December 4 event at Goodes Hall. Event organizers will facilitate distribution, while those in attendance will get a chance to hear from a speaker on behalf of the KCAS.