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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 invited the HLC community to participate in the activities that comprised the 11th Harvard Longwood Campus (HLC) Season of Giving!

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 at Countway to give the HLC community the opportunity to send a “Thank You” card to someone who was helpful in some way, made you feel valued, and did something special for you.

During the season of Giving Thanks (November and December), “Thank You” cards were made available at locations throughout the Harvard Longwood Campus.  A electronic “Thank you” card was also available.


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!


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.

Thank you to all who participated in the clothing drive, the clothing drive was a success!

A photo of the total amount of clothing drive donations collected for Boomerangs


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:




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