Kind hearted students create community care packages

City of Glasgow College’s Students’ Association (CitySA) helpS local residents as Coronavirus continues to tighten its grip.

Students at the college have a long history of fundraising activities to help charities and local groups. As people start to self-isolate, CitySA wanted to do something to help the community of Townhead, where the college’s City campus is based. 

Madeline Jean, Student Association Digital Officer at City of Glasgow College, said:

“We set up a Just Giving Page with the goal of raising £500 to provide care packages with essential items for elderly people, who may be self-isolating. We worked with Townhead Village Hall and St Mungo's RC Church, who care for vulnerable groups in this area.

“Donations started rolling in, but then Glasgow Live highlighted what we were doing and our original target doubled. In total we received over £1139.

The students collected as many items as possible, including toilet paper, soap, tinned food, porridge and biscuits, and created 80 care packages for delivery. 

“The response has been overwhelming,” said Madeline. “We had lovely comments from people when we were out and about collecting, and the supermarkets were really helpful when we explained what we were doing.”

Paul Little, Principal and Chief Executive at City of Glasgow College, said:

“This is an outstanding example of community spirit and innovation which our students, right across our college, are known for. They regularly stop throughout the year to consider how they can contribute to important causes for the benefit of others. I pay tribute to their ingenuity, enterprise and compassion in these unprecedented times.”

With the original fundraising target surpassed, the remaining funds will be donated to charities and food banks in the Glasgow area, to help more individuals and groups in need.