Number of Participants: 2
Hours Donated: 70
Value of Time Served: $1,183
Event Type: Poverty & Homelessness
Date: May 4, 2021
Mount Greylock Regional School
Cold Spring Road, Williamstown
Mia VanDeurzen and Delaney Babcock, two Mount Greylock Seniors created this initiative as a way to obtain winter clothing for the community. They made small hat ornaments and collected $5.00 for every ornament sold. We named it “Hat for a Hat Holiday Drive” as the original plan was to donate a hat for every ornamental hat sold. They did so well however that after the first 40 hats they adjusted their plan. They ended up donating over $1000 dollars’ worth of hats, gloves, scarves, snow pants, socks, coats, winter blankets and even some masks. They do have a list of what was donated and where it was donated. Most of it went to the Williamstown Food Pantry to be delivered to families and available for pick up. However, they reached out to the local schools as well and collected information from Guidance Departments to drop off winter gear in the schools. I know that as part of our school gift tree, there were 8 students who received full winter gear from this drive. The local elementary schools also received gear to be passed out to those who were getting on buses without hats or gloves. Some of the elementary teachers also received snow pants and other items to have available in their classrooms for recess.
I included a picture of Mia and Delaney at their booth at one of the local holiday markets selling their ornaments as well as the flier they used for the collection baskets they had at a few of the local stores.