CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- This past fall, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) held a shoe drive asking for new and like-new shoes from the Harvard Community.
There were several featured sporting events where students and community members could win Harvard gear if they brought in a pair of shoes for the drive. Shoe donation boxes were also set up by Harvard’s recycling services team at all of the houses, freshman dorms, and athletic facilities to make it easier and more accessible for people to donate.
The shoe drive was a success with over 200 pairs of shoes being donated to the YMCA Residential Caritas Community. This branch serves 895 homeless men, women, and children of the greater Boston area, many of whom only have the clothes on their back.
The shoe drive was a fun and easy way for athletes to interact not only with their fellow students in raising awareness about the drive, but also have the greater community involved during their sporting events.
SAAC hopes to continue this giving spirit with the YMCA Residential Caritas Community at the end of the semester when Harvard's students can donate their like new goods and clothing when moving out of their dorms.
Many thanks to everyone who participated in this great venture! Make sure to look out for SAAC’s other community service events this spring such as the Charity Ball, Charity Date Auction, and the Bench Press for Breast Cancer fundraiser.