The KC Surgical Technology Program is holding its gLOVE clothing drive through Nov. 15. Decorated boxes have been placed in the Applied Technology Center and the Technical Vocational Building with the remaining located in hospitals and a couple of area churches.
The clothes will be donated to Newgate Mission in Longview. Newgate serves the needs of the homeless and low-income in Longview and surrounding areas. The mission provides spiritual, physical, social, emotional and financial needs.
Paula Carter, director of the surgical technology program, came up with the idea of gLOVE after attending an instructor’s forum for surgical technology where Cindy Mask, an instructor from Tarrant County Community College’s Surgical Technology Program, presented a PowerPoint regarding service learning.
“Cindy Mask’s husband is a firefighter and he does the ‘Fill the Boot’ fundraiser for his organization,” Carter said.
This idea encouraged Mask to start her own project. Surg techs constantly use gloves throughout their work day so the idea for naming the project gLOVE was only right.
“Little g, big LOVE,” Carter said.
Students participating in the program are encouraged to gather new or gently used mittens, scarves, hats, coats and other items that can keep people warm during the winter.
“This class has embraced the process,” Carter said. “Last year we had donations overflowing their bins and over $120 in cash donations.”
Cash donations can be dropped off with Carter in ATC 102.
Carter is proud of the surgical technology students and their efforts.
“I hope this will enable the students to see the world through someone else’s eyes and let them know they can make a difference,” Carter said.