Student-led Assignment Benefits Children at YWCA Program
What began as an assignment for an advertising class turned into a campus-wide project to help children affected by domestic violence when Anne Arundel Community College donated 100 “Bags of Hope” to Arden House, a YWCA program that provides safe shelter in an undisclosed location to victims of abuse.
Part-time advertising instructor Stephanie Kastle charged her class to come up with a campaign for donations of bags of toiletries and small books and games that children can take with them while in a safe shelter. Many victims of abuse arrive at the Arden House organization with no personal possessions or toiletries, and having new items of their own can be comforting.
The advertising students came up with the concept of “Bags of Hope” and joined with AACC’s Professional Staff and Service Organization’s Community Service Committee to gather items. Each bag contained one blanket, one stuffed animal, a coloring book and crayons or colored pencils, a notebook, a card game, toothpaste, toothbrush, hair brush or comb, stickers and a small toy. The Friends of the AACC Foundation donated $364 toward the 100 bags; Peter Holmes of the Maryland Dental Association donated 144 toothbrushes, toothpaste and 72 packets of dental floss; and the college community donated $568 and more than 270 new books.
All excess donations were placed in boxes to give to Arden House and included a box of blankets, three boxes of coloring books, three boxes of crayons, markers and colored pencils, two boxes of boys’ toys, one box of girls’ toys, a box of stuffed animals, a box of notebooks, a box of puzzles, a box of hair supplies and a box of oral supplies.