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Season of Giving

The Season of Giving fosters a sense of unity amongst the Harvard Longwood Campus by providing an opportunity to show appreciation and help those in our community who need it most. With the spirit of gratitude and appreciation in mind, we invite you to participate in the activities that comprise our 11th Harvard Longwood Campus (HLC) Season of Giving!

Clothing Drive: January 17 – 27

Boomerangs is a family of non-profit thrift stores in the Greater Boston area.  They are owned and operated by AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts. 100% of store proceeds go towards supporting AIDS Action’s mission: Prevent new infections, Support those affected or at risk, Tackle the root causes of HIV/AIDS.

All donations are tax-deductible.  Donation boxes are set up at the following locations within the Harvard Longwood Campus:

  • Countway Library; 10 Shattuck Street, First Floor
  • Courtyard Café; 200 Longwood Avenue
  • Element’s Café; 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur
  • Kresge Building; 677 Huntington Avenue
  • REB Building; 190 Longwood Avenue

Giving Thanks

Saying “thank you” is a small gesture that can make a big impact on someone’s day!  To kick off our 2022 HLC Season of Giving event, a “thank you” card station was set up on the first floor of the Countway Library from 12:00-1:30 pm on Monday, November 7 to give the HLC community the opportunity to send a “Thank You” card to someone who has helped you in some way, made you feel valued, or has done something special for you.

If you did not make it to the “Thank You” card station, there will be a station at the following locations which will remain for the whole month of November:

  • Countway Library; 10 Shattuck Street
  • Kresge Building; 677 Huntington Avenue
  • REB Building; 190 Longwood Avenue (glass entrance)

You can also use our virtual “Thank you” card to show your appreciation.

Giving Back

Acts of kindness, such as providing donations and volunteering time, are ways of giving back.  Below are drives that will kick off during the season of giving:

Food Drive: November 7 – 18

ABCD, a non-profit organization that provides food donations to low-income residents in the Greater Boston region, is the organization we have collaborated with in past years.

Two options were provided to donate to ABCD:

  • Drop-off locations throughout the Harvard Longwood Campus
  • Monetary donations through the ABCD website.

Toy Drive: November 28 – December 13

Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA) is a student-run public services organization that seeks to meet community needs while advocating for structural change.  For many years, PBHA has collected gifts and donations during the holiday season for several community-based programs in Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston.  PBHA was collecting new, unwrapped toys for their Toy and Joy Drive.  Thank you to all who donated, the Harvard Longwood Campus doubled what they collected from other companies who hosted a toy drive!

Giving back within your local community

The links below will help you find organizations within your local community that are accepting donations for food, toys, clothing, and other items:




If you have any questions on any of the Season of Giving events, please contact any of the following:

Harvard Chan School:  Ilia Maldonado;; 617-432-1627
Harvard Medical School:  Sarah Regan;; 617-432-4780

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