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Warm Clothing Drive Comes to Durham

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Students in the community leadership program at the Thompson School of Applied Science, in partnership with UNH Manchester students, have launched the fifth annual Warmth from the Millyard warm clothing drive to benefit organizations throughout the state. The drive is accepting clean, usable, warm clothing until Nov. 14, 2011, at drop-off sites at UNH Manchester and, for the first time, in Durham. Durham drop-off sites are Barton Hall 106 and the Office of Community Service and Learning in Hitchcock Hall; the Manchester location is at 400 Commercial Street.

Since its inception in 2007, the Warmth from the Millyard program has brought more than 24,000 items of clothing to more than two dozen organizations. It has received numerous awards, including the 2011 Spirit of N.H. Award for higher education.

Organized and run by students in the introductory community service and leadership program at UNHM, Warmth from the Millyard is going beyond coats and sweaters this year to use the project as a way to develop leadership skills within youth groups often labeled “at risk.” Community leadership students are working with high school students in Manchester as well as with participants in the Somersworth Youth Safe Haven after-school program to help these young people organize their own clothing drives.

“This is a tremendously exciting project for everyone involved because it models for us all the power of collaborative effort; it provides countless opportunities for people from many backgrounds to communicate and work with each other; it offers students so often dismissed as ‘at risk’ opportunities to be successful and to show others what they can do; and, of course, it gets lots of clothing to people who need it,” says Kate Hanson, professor of community leadership at the Thompson School. 

For more information and to watch a video about the program, visit the Warmth from the Millyard website (http://www.manchester.unh.edu/about/partnerships/warmth-from-millyard).