A new month means a new donation event for the high school club DeWitt Give Back.
The club designated October as Socktober and asked community members to donate socks for those in need. More than 700 pairs of socks were donated throughout the month. The socks were donated to various locations including a veterans halfway house, Lansing area homeless shelters and a domestic abuse shelter.
For November, the club announced on Facebook, a food drive is being held to collect donations for local food pantries. Club adviser Kelsey Droste is establishing ways for people to get involved in this month’s donation event. “We are trying to figure out monetary donations to supplement,” said Droste. “That way people don’t have to go out and buy goods, they could just donate electronically and my students could buy the items.”
Donation bins are at DeWitt High School, DeWitt Public Library and Family Tree Cafe. Food item donations will be accepted through Nov. 30.
As well as making an impact on the community, the club has also boosted the students involved. DeWitt High School junior Malia Lennemen has realized how much potential the high school club has. “Making a positive impact on my community as a high school student brings me to the conclusion that anybody can make a difference, no matter how old they may be,” said Lennemen.
Since its first event, the club has increased student involvement and has already started planning for December and January events. Droste exclaimed how great her group of students has been. “A lot of different students are volunteering to do different roles and they have a desire to be included,” said Droste.