Monday, December 6, 2010

Andrews Student Helping Homeless Families Stay Warm

Andrews University student Dragos Prahoveanu is making a difference in the lives of Benton Harbor families this holiday season. He created the Stay Warm Project on November 20 with hopes of distributing some 250 blankets to homeless families in the area. According to Prahoveanu’s Stay Warm Facebook page, he plans to accomplish this goal by January 2011.

Visitors to his Facebook page are given this motivating message: “I personally hate being cold and I felt the need to make a difference. I am collecting blankets for those that need to stay warm this cold season. These blankets will be distributed to different shelters: Niles, Benton Harbor, etc. Make a difference!”

In collaboration with Sherry Gopp, deputy director of Emergency Shelter Services, Inc. (ESS), Prahoveanu plans to donate the blankets to an ESS shelter in Benton Harbor. The donation is expected to cover nearly all blanket needs for an upcoming drive, giving Gopp and shelter volunteers one less thing to worry about.

“It’s reassuring to meet people who are willing to donate and help. On the other side of the spectrum, it’s great to work with people who have the right uses for those blankets. In the end, we’re all making a difference to help others who are less fortunate,” he says.

Donation boxes have been set up at three locations on the Andrews University campus: Pioneer Memorial Church, the Office of Campus Ministries and the Andrews Post Office. Monetary donations can also be made via check or cash. A $10–$16 donation will also cover the cost of one blanket (depending on size and type).

To learn more about the project and/or to donate, contact Dragos Prahoveanu at 248-974-5887, e-mail staywarmnow@gmail.com, or check out the Stay Warm Facebook page by searching for “Stay Warm.” Tax-deductible receipts will be given for all money donations.

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