Temple Student Government (TSG) is holding a clothing drive for the public on Monday December 7th, as well as a holiday party later on that same day at 4:00 PM. The clothing drive extends throughout the whole week.
The event is also a collaboration with the Black Diamonds Union and Asóciacion de Estudiantes Latinos (ADEL). With the holidays arriving, TSG hopes to emulate the spirit of giving through this event. As Philadelphia is one of the most homeless cities in America, the clothing drive is a great way to help give back to the community. Anyone can make a donation of lightly used winter clothing to the TSG office in the Student Activities Center Room 244 or to a TSG, Black Diamonds, or ADEL member. All winter clothing is given to the non-profit charity organization known as InTouch based in the city of Philadelphia.
One of TSG’s main missions is to serve. It is no surprise that the clothing drive is one of many philanthropic events hosted by the organization this year. In fact, TSG plans to host another service event on Sunday December 6th. From 9am-12pm, they are having their annual Children’s Party in the Liacouras Center in collaboration with Temple Police. This event includes food, fun, and even gifts to give to the children in the community. Anyone is welcome: students, faculty, and residents of Philadelphia.
Temple Student Government’s Vice President of external affairs Binh Nguyen was able to talk about the clothing drive this year. Nguyen is a junior studying strategic communications with a concentration in Public Relations, and she is excited to be on the new administration for TSG as one of the Vice Presidents this year.
As Vice President for external affairs, a big part of her job is to link the community with Temple, so she is definitely excited for the upcoming events. She also oversees many of the chairs in TSG such as Sustainability, Campus Security, Local Community and Relations, and Government Affairs. During the drive, Nguyen will be overseeing the operational aspects of the event. With much trust and confidence in her colleagues, she says, “I want them to use their own creative freedom to get these things done on their own.”
In the holiday spirit, TSG has been focusing much on service near the end of this semester. Of course though, TSG is active in community service year-round. As a final message to any students involved in similar organizations, Nguyen offers, “we are always looking to collaborate, partner, or sponsor any events that are service related with other organizations—we’re here to help out.”