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Season of Giving | Countway Library


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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 12th Harvard Longwood Campus (HLC) Season of Giving!

Here are our events for the 2023 HLC Season of Giving:

Giving Thanks – November and December Months

Saying “thank you” is a small gesture that can make a big impact on someone’s day!  Take a moment to send a “Thank You” electronic card to someone who was helpful in some way, made you feel valued, and did something special for you.

Giving Back

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

  • Toy Drive: November 27 – December 8

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.

This year they are running a “Holiday Toy and Joy Drive“!  Visit their website for the wish list list from participating organizations.  You can choose to donate virtual right from the wish list or drop off a gift at one of the drop off locations throughout the Harvard Longwood Campus.

Image of a table with donations of unopened and unwrapped toys for a toy drive


Harvard Chan School

Kresge Building – 677 Huntington Avenue, 1st Floor

FXB Building – 651 Huntington Avenue, 1st Floor

Harvard Medical School

Countway Library – 10 Shattuck Street, 1st Floor

Elements Café – 200 Longwood Avenue

Courtyard Café – 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur

Harvard School of Dental Medicine

Research Education Building (REB) – 190 Longwood Avenue (glass entrance)

  • Food Drive: Ran from November 6 – 17

ABCD, a non-profit organization that provides food donations to low-income residents in the Greater Boston region, is the organization we collaborated with this year.  With all the donations collected, we will be helping 75 families during the Thanksgiving holidays!

HLC Season of Giving - Food Drive photo with Sophie, the therapy dog at the Countway Library      Photo of HLC Season of Giving Committee members with food drive donations


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:



Should you have any questions, you can contact:

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