Buckhannon, WV—West Virginia Wesleyan College’s WE LEAD Poverty Reduction Team is conducting a Luggage Drive December 2-10. The group is asking for donations of luggage including duffle bags, suitcases, totes, and backpacks as well as necessities such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, hairbrushes, new small blankets, books, and new stuffed toys. The Drive is to assist children who are displaced from their homes.
More than 400,000 children live in foster care in the United States and West Virginia’s numbers are among the highest in the nation. Each year more than 7.5 million children are involved in reports to child protective services. When children are displaced, nearly 90% of the time, they pack their precious belongings in black trash bags—the same thing the average person fills with garbage. In an effort to bring back dignity to children of various ages, the WE LEAD Poverty Reduction team is partnering with the Upshur County of Health and Human Resources.
Collected items may be dropped off in the Center for Community Engagement & Leadership Development (CCE) on the second floor of the Benedum Campus Center. Cash donations may be directed to the CCE Luggage Drive at www.wvwc.edu/give.
The mission of Wesleyan Engaging Leaders through Education, Awareness, & Development (WE LEAD), an outreach effort in the Center for Community Engagement, is to provide resources and opportunities for Wesleyan students to build leadership skills, engage in service, and become connected with community and global partners. WE LEAD aims to help students gain awareness and understanding of societal issues in the spirit of education, growth, collaboration, and compassion for others.
Currently, the WE LEAD issues teams include Animal Welfare & Conservation, Appalachian Experience, Gender Equality, Human Rights, Invisible Illness, and Poverty Reduction.