By Sean Lynch
Spring is finally here, although the weather may not entirely reflect it yet. With it comes both the opportunity for some spring cleaning and the chance to help donate to the Hilbert Kenya Krew’s efforts. The group will be collecting clothing and small school supplies until close to the end of the semester, and they could really use your help!
Do you have any clothes that you have been meaning to get rid of or donate? Or do you have an abundance of school supplies that you no longer need? Now is the time to lighten your load, clear out some closet space, and help the Kenya Krew. Collection boxes can be found scattered around Hilbert’s campus, such as in the foyer outside of Bogel 101, in the Faculty Services Office, and across from the vending machines in Paczesny Hall, and the Kenya Krew would be incredibly grateful if you can help them fill the boxes up.
Because of the climate in Kenya, heavier winter clothing, such as hats, scarves, or winter jackets, is not really needed. Instead, the group is encouraging the donation of short sleeve shirts, shorts, and flip-flops, similar to clothing that one would find comfortable within the warmer months of Buffalo. While clothes of any size are welcome and would be incredibly helpful, children-sized clothes are highly encouraged.
School supplies are also welcome additions to the donation bins, especially smaller items (pens, pencils, rulers, erasers, pencil sharpeners, etc.), since larger, bulkier items are more difficult to bring with the group. The same collection boxes being used for the clothes will also serve as the group’s school supplies bin, so all donations are welcome at once.
While in Kenya, the group will be working at a school for disabled children in one of the poorest areas in the country and then at an orphanage. The donations collected will be given to the children and others in need. A project like this would not be possible without the extraordinary help of the school’s community, so the Hilbert Kenya Krew thanks you for your time, participation, and any potential donations that may be made. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Amy Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org; ext. 354).