PAXTON, Mass.—The Anna Maria College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) participated in the second annual AMCAT Giving Drive to benefit the St. Vincent Hospital Emergency Department and the St. John’s Parish/Ascension Clothing Center in Worcester.
Both organizations serve the homeless and less-fortunate throughout the winter season and see an increased need for weather-appropriate clothing during the winter months. According to the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, more than 19,000 Massachusetts citizens experienced homelessness last winter.
The AMCAT Giving Drive was formed last year as each team’s SAAC representative was tasked with motivating their teammates to bring in gently used sweatshirts, sweaters, sweatpants, coats, and other cold-weather clothing. The team with the highest percentage of participation was deemed the winner.
SAAC received over 50 jackets, sweatshirts, and sweaters in this year’s Giving Drive and the volleyball team took the grand prize of $250 to donate to a charity of their choice after showing the most team participation in the collection efforts.
The volleyball team selected to take their money to a local department store to purchase items for Toys for Tots. The ladies purchased over 35 toys including a number of stuffed animals, barbies, legos, matchbox cars, art kits, and books.