By Tristan Kong
Christmas is undoubtedly one of the busiest times of year. People flock to stores to buy presents for their families, and friends to open, and travel to spend time with their family over the holidays.
Twenty-one year-old graduate student, and mall employee Jodi Harvey, knows we can get so busy, it is very easy to lose sight of the holidays as a season of giving to help others, and decided she wanted to make a difference.
Two years ago, Harvey, and her brother, Brennan, started their own project called “Warm up for The Holidays – Clothing Donation Pick Up” through their Facebook page.
Always a fan of reusing old clothes, Harvey and her brother received 13 large bags of clothes last year, which they donated to the Salvation Army, with the help, and support from their family and friends.
“It is something I am passionate about, as I am very fortunate to be able to give clothing to those in need,” said Harvey.
After a year, Harvey took over running the fundraising group, after her brother had to step down.
Back in action right away, the positive responses Harvey received from her close friends, family, and co-workers was overwhelming.
Picking up the donations herself from homes in the GTA, Harvey admitted when she first started the project, she had no idea how rewarding it would be. With each new bag she receives each year, the more excited she gets to help again.
“It warms my heart to see how many people are taking the time to find clothes to donate,” said Harvey, “This really couldn’t be done without them!”
As a result, this past Christmas Jodi was able to gather 26 bags, and boxes of clothes, surpassing her original goal of 20 bags.
With new ideas, and thoughts to expand the project next year, Jodi is planning to do the same, again!
We are glad that Jodi was motivated to make a difference for others in need. If you were moved by this young woman’s determination and compassion, please SHARE!