32nd Annual Appalachia Drive Underway
Posted December 6, 2011
Delbarton's 32nd annual collection for toys, blankets, food and clothing begins on Wednesday December 7 and runs through Monday December 12. For the first time this year, furnishings will also be collected. Click here for a list of suggested donations and the drop off times.
This annual Drive brings the entire community together. On December 7 at 7 PM the Alumni Association's Delbarton Club of NYC is hosting an Appalachia Gift Drive and Happy Hour at Alma 33 at 33 W 8th St (between 5th Ave and Mac Dougal St), managed by Delbarton's own Geoff Steinemann '93. A Delbarton van will be standing by to take Appalachia donations back to Delbarton. This Friday, December 9th at 8:15 am in Old Main Mary Lou Clarke P '03, '05, '08, '12 hosts a Christmas Coffee to collect unwrapped gifts for the women of Appalachia (age 12 and up). Gift suggestions include practical pajamas, bathrobes, socks, slippers, hats, gloves, scarves, bath products, perfume, hair accessories, costume jewelry, make up kits, and toiletries.
After the on-campus collection is complete, and the eight tractor trailer trucks are full, on December 14th before sunrise two busloads of Delbarton juniors and fathers will join Abbot Giles Hayes, OSB, for the trip to Preston County, Kentucky, the second poorest county in the United States. (Juniors not able to join the trip due to sports or other committments participate in a Junior Day of Service on the 14th to assist local non-profits.) Over a three day period in Kentucky, boys and fathers will make multiple stops to distribute the goods to impoverished families and children and in the doing, share far more than the material items in their possession.
Help us to continue this Delbarton tradition of giving back through this most personal of journeys to the long destitute mountains of eastern Kentucky. Learn more about Delbarton's annual service mission by clicking here. And thank you to the many students, parents, teachers, alumni and friends who work together to manage Delbarton's Appalachia Drive 2011.