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Class Act: Clothing Drive

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After running a clothing drive for the homeless for more than a month, a group of Carroll College nursing students brought the clothes they collected to the Helena YWCA today.

Carroll nursing student Whitley Hudyma says it's difficult to balance schoolwork with running the clothing drive, but the cause is well-worth it.

"As nursing majors, we're preparing to take our licensure exams.  So we're all really busy and it's hard for us to get together and meet. But everyone really rose to the occasion."

The Carroll nursing students initially set a goal of gathering 1,000 items for the needy.  The students were happy to say they surpassed their goal by more than 100 items.

"It's so awesome just to see how the community has responded to this and donated so much", said nursing student Amy Surbrugg.  "The Carroll community came together for this as well as the whole entire Helena community, to respond to a need that was definitely important."

Project coordinator Mary Brook says she felt sheer joy when the students finally dropped off boxes of clothes today at the YWCA.  She says the Carroll nursing students were driven to help the homeless.

"It's something as a nurse, you're kind of called to do; help people in need.  The nursing faculty and students really stepped up and the whole campus did.  And the community really.  So it was just great to bring everyone together."

Kellie Goodwyn-Mcbride of the YWCA says she's grateful for the effort of the Carroll students.

"To be able to provide to make sure that there's socks and underwear and toiletries and those things that are just so important to our own basic human respect is huge. And I love that the Carroll College students saw that and ran with it."

It's the dedication and good will toward serving the Helena community that makes these Carroll nursing students, a Class Act.  Goodwyn-Mcbride says there are 33 women and their children who are in the YWCA's Transitional Housing Program.  She says the clothes will go directly to them.


Story by Charlie Misra, Beartooth NBC.
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