Creighton Students Head Home for Summer, Donate to Community
Each year thousands of Creighton students head home for the summer, packing up belongings, furniture and clothes. Sometimes the students don’t need these items anymore or don’t have room to transport them, yet the items could be used by people in need. That idea sparked the “Creightonians Helping the Less Fortunate Drive” an idea started by John and Shirley Walker, married Creighton employees , who have spearhead this effort for the past seven years.
The drive takes place April 29 through May 20. Creighton students, faculty and staff place collection carts in each residence hall to gather the donations. Volunteers then gather, sort and transport items to Omaha area agencies and groups who support those in need.
Last year the drive garnered more than 12,000 pounds of clothes, television sets, computers, microwaves, bookcases, chairs, kitchen utensils, beds, bedroom accessories, canned food and more.
“During these difficult economic times, these donations could provide just the lift people need to see them through this challenging period in their lives. The students really give from their hearts,” said Shirley Walker, residential hall supervisor.
Organizations that benefit from the annual drive include: The Eileen B. Lieben Center,The Omaha Food Bank, Lutheran Family Services, Omaha Catholic Workers, Open Door Mission, Safe Haven, Siena/Francis House, Stephen Center, and more.