Giving Tuesday. A day for giving to those who are less fortunate than most. Around this time of giving thanks and celebrating the holidays, people show their kindness by being selfless and giving to the community.
Donations to homeless shelters and charities are common on this day. Typical items that are given include canned foods and clothes. This worldwide event takes place on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving every year.
On Dec. 3, the Rachel’s Challenge Club at Springfield College organized their own charitable event. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Flynn Campus Union, Rachel’s Challenge Club was accepting items such as hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, coats, and any other cold weather wear.
Bags full of clothes stood filled the Union. There were also a few tables full of clothes, too. In those short four hours, students and staff generously gave their clothes to the club so others who are less fortunate could enjoy them.
Rachel’s Challenge Club has participated in this event in recent years. In the past, the club has donated to “Friends of the Homeless,” which is a local homeless shelter, and “The Food Pantry” which is a local food bank. This year, the club is giving all of the donated clothes to The Center of Inclusion.
“Rachel’s Challenge is a club that promotes positivity and kindness through chain reactions,” Meagan Sweeney said. Sweeney is the president of the Rachel’s Challenge Club and has been a member for all four of her years at Springfield College.
Although the Rachel’s Challenge Club is a Springfield College campus club, their priorities are not limited to the friends they know on Alden Street. “We do different events on and off campus to promote the chain reactions of kindness,” Sweeney said.
This club thrives on helping the campus community, but they are more about helping the community outside of the campus. It is important for fellow students and staff to realize how a simple and kind gesture can impact the community around them.
“Though we are just a campus ourselves, we have to support the community around us as well and by doing small things, we are helping so many more people than who we could have reached just on campus,” Sweeney said.
The members of the Rachel’s Challenge Club will continue to think about and help serve the community that surrounds us. #GivingTuesday is a day for everyone else to do the same.
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