The students, faculty, and staff at the Madison Heights campus of Ross Medical Education Center worked together for the entire month of January to collect clothes for the homeless in their community. Through the course of the drive the campus collected more than 25 extra large bags filled with new and gently used clothing. “I was looking for a good home for all my high quality, gently used business attire,” said Phillicia Kareem, Assistant Campus Director of Admissions. Veterinary Assistant student Carlespie McCaskill said, “I don’t mind giving back to my community, it has given me so much.” Many others on the campus expressed similar sentiments and shared that they enjoyed being able to support others in their area, grateful for all that they have.
The choice to give all the donations to the local Salvation Army was an easy one for the campus to make. The staff at the Salvation Army was very helpful; they made the drive easy to execute. They also assisted the campus in by providing many donation suggestions by sharing some of the items that they were in most in need of. It helped the campus to decide what they should focus on and encourage people to donate. When David Carroll, a representative for The Salvation Army, came to pick up our donation he was so grateful, saying, “all of this will be given to the homeless that don’t have anything. They will love all of this. Thanks to Ross Medical for all you have done.”
Not only was the Salvation Army thankful for the contributions, everyone at Ross was happy to have had the opportunity to give. “We are very proud of all of our students and staff that were so generous,” shared Christine Willer, Office Assistant. The campus once again outdid their own expectations and was able to support a local organization and those in need in their area. Overall, the drive was a wonderful experience that they are already planning to do again in the future!