Twenty-six members of Marie Murphy’s 8th grade class started the holiday season out on a philanthropic note by building and delivering “Homeless Survival Kits” for Connections for the Homeless, an Evanston-based organization that provides housing, employment and supportive services to move individuals and families out of the shadow of homelessness.
Challenged to build a pack that would be discreet, yet useful for the homeless, 8th grade volunteers created survival kits that contained food, liquids, hygiene products, clothing and protection from the elements. Working as individuals, collaboratively, or as a family, 26 student volunteers created 27 kits. In bringing the project to a conclusion, the student hand-delivered the survival kits to Connections. While delivering their kits, the 26 philanthropists stayed a bit longer to help sort and store additional clothing donation made to Connections.
The 8th graders who volunteered to be part of this project were: Jake B., Rachel B., Keara B., Michael B., Celeste C., Andrew C., Elana G., Ceola H., Connor H., Sam H., Freddie K., Skye K., Caylen L., Ethan L., Andrea L., Marion M., Allison M., Derek M., Peter P., Ana P., Cameron R., Lauren R., Angela S., Julia S., Charlotte S., and Madeleine S.