A collaborative effort between the Northeast Broadcasting Club and Phi Beta Lambda (PBL), the “Share the Warmth” clothing drive collected winter clothing items from the Northeast community and distributed them to students who are in need.
Instructor Brian Anderson serves as advisor for the Broadcasting Club.
“The idea started as a way to help our international students who came from warm climates and who may not be prepared for the bitter cold of Nebraska winters,” he said. “That quickly evolved into creating an event for all students because there may be a ‘local’ student who lives in the dorms or in an apartment in Norfolk that may be in the same situation. They may not have warm enough clothing to get them through the winter.”
Anderson said the Broadcasting Club and PBL worked together to spread the word about the effort. The PBL students created posters for the drop boxes, created flyers and helped to secure drop-off locations for donated items throughout campus. The broadcasting students promoted the clothing drive through the College’s cable TV channel KHWK/Hawk TV as well as social media to help raise awareness and action.
“It was a group effort,” Anderson said. “This project could not have happened without the help of all the students involved. We are very proud of their community spirit and willingness to give of themselves to help others.”
Anderson estimated the amount of items donated numbered in the hundreds. Items were distributed to students at the Cox Activities Center over two afternoons.
The Northeast Broadcasting Club aims to teach members more about the broadcast industry while developing friendships among broadcasting students and building leadership skills.
Phi Beta Lambda (PBL), a student business organization, focuses on developing leadership, communication and team skills in its members as well as giving members an opportunity to meet and network with other PBL members at the local, state and national levels. PBL places an emphasis on helping students transition to the business world. There are approximately 11,000 PBL members on college campuses across the country.
Winter weather clothing items await distribution to students at the Cox Activities Center at Northeast Community College in Norfolk recently. The items were gathered through “Share the Warmth,” a collaborative effort between Northeast’s Broadcasting Club and Phi Beta Lambda (PBL).