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Student Senate launches drive to help the homeless

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Winter means more challenges for the homeless.

By Chandana Mandadi, Phoenix staff writer

In the unforgiving embrace of cold winters, individuals grappling with homelessness face not only the physical challenge of finding warmth and shelter, but also the struggle to maintain their mental well-being.

Winter’s conditions can can magnify feelings of isolation, hopelessness, and despair, rendering those experiencing homelessness more susceptible to depression and other mental health concerns.

Dr. Konya Sledge, director of Student Cultural and Intercultural Programs at Governors State University, announced a Winter Gear Drive led by the Student Senate. This initiative tackles the winter challenges for community members experiencing homelessness and food insecurity.

The focused mission reflects the university’s commitment to social responsibility, emphasizing collective action to create a supportive and inclusive campus environment and it exemplifies the dedication to making a positive impact on the lives of vulnerable individuals.

As they gear up for this initiative, Student Senate members are asking for the donation of gently used or new items such as hats, gloves, and scarves. The donations will provide protection against the cold and help to mitigate the health risks associated with exposure to harsh winter conditions.

Emphasizing the importance of durability and effectiveness, the drive organizers encourage donations of waterproof items or those crafted from 100% polyester.

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