The Purdue University North Central student chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the Communication Honor Society, recently hosted a one-day coat drive and gathered 60 coats, along with 15 scarves, hats and sets of mittens, to be donated to the State Street Community Church in LaPorte.
Chapter President Cassie Carlson, a Communication major from LaPorte, explained that the group wanted to take on a project to help the community. She suggested a coat drive and the group immediately agreed to get started.
Four Lambda Pi Eta members decided to devote one day to collecting coats on campus. The results thrilled and amazed the students.
“The generosity was unbelievable,” said Carlson. Students, faculty and staff brought by coats, along with some mittens, hats and scarves. “We are so happy to be able to give these coats to people who need then.” Carlson said that her family and friends donated 27 coats themselves.
Carlson noted that during the coat drive she met a student who recently had her only winter coat stolen. She quickly handed a donated coat to the student in need.
Carlson is on track to graduate in May. She has an internship with a radio station and publishes her own magazine that she distributes to anyone interested in getting it.
“I am a music connoisseur and am interested in all things music,” she said. Therefore, much of her writing centers on music and interviews with local and nationally known bands.
Being part of Lambda Pi Eta has enhanced Carlson’s collegiate experience. “School is exactly what you make of it,” she said. “The Communication Department faculty are so hands-on. They care, they follow up with students. I would not be half the person I am without them.”
“Being part of something as meaningful as this coat drive means a lot to everyone in Lambda Pi Eta,” she continued. “We are happy to give what we can to help others who need it so much.”