Santa came early to the University of Regina this year but instead of giving out presents  he was taking them in. He was hoping students, staff and faculty would lend a hand and help him give the gift of warmth and he was not disappointed. From Nov. 23rd to Dec. 9th the University of Regina Students’ Union organized a clothing drive to collect gently used winter clothing for the city’s less fortunate residents. Donning the recognizable red suit of Old St. Nick, URSU President Jermain McKenzie visited offices, lounges and just about everywhere on campus asking in a booming voice for winter clothes and other donations.

URSU placed clothing bins placed across campus and in residence buildings and we also took wheeled our bins around to the various offices and lounges on campus to collect donations. For those who did not have clothing to give, we accepted cash donations and passed those along to Carmichael Outreach, a non-profit organization in Regina that offers emergency services and long-term supports to end the chronic experiences of poverty and homelessness.

With the amazing generosity of students, staff, faculty and the community, we were able to send two vanloads of donations to Carmichael Outreach. The response we got was one of thanks and surprise. “Did you collect (items) throughout the semester?” asked Carmichael staffer Duncan Nord.  “No just a couple weeks,” we said. “Oh, wow!” he replied with a smile. That’s the power of people helping people — thank you all for your support!