Winter Clothing Warms Students – and Donors

November 28, 2018

Originally posted on Mayo Clinic Employee and Community Health Blog

When the north wind blows, there’s nothing like a coat, gloves and hat to keep you warm and toasty. This winter, students in the Rochester Public Schools (RPS) will keep out the chill with outerwear donated by Community Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine (CPAM) staff on Baldwin 3.

Looking for a donation opportunity, the CPAM Wellness Team connected with Kristina Hesby, program coordinator for School Health and liaison between Mayo Clinic and schools throughout the community. She suggested a winter clothing drive for RPS students who didn’t have appropriate outerwear or who hadn’t worn it to school. With a list of items and sizes needed, the CPAM Wellness Team launched the drive.

Fliers notified staff about the clothing collection and bins were placed in the Baldwin 3 Library. And then the outerwear started coming in. By November 2, staff had filled three over-sized bags with new or gently used winter clothing.

On November 7, leaders from RPS, including the superintendent, Michael Munoz, stopped by the clinic to accept the donation. “They were so appreciative, and Mr. Munoz thanked us for the support and said how impressed he was with our work,” says Kristina.

Kristin Hyberger, CPAM Wellness Team member, adds, “Like volunteering, making a donation can also give you a sense of purpose and make you feel happier and more satisfied about life, which can lead to improved mental/physical wellness.”

Thank you to everyone who made the winter clothing drive a snugly success!