Pants drive puts focus on suicide prevention
Photo: The 2016 “Stepping Out of Darkness” drive netted nearly 900 pairs of shoes for local nonprofits.
By Matthew Levine ’17
Members of the Salve Regina community are invited to donate new or gently used pants to the Office of Community Service’s “Stepping Out of Darkness” pants drive.
“We hope to inspire action for suicide prevention with our goal to exhibit 1,100 pairs of pants to represent the number of students on college campuses that commit suicide every year,” said Kathleen Rendos, community service coordinator. “This project is in hopes that our students who need resources realize they are not walking alone.”
The office is aiming to collect 1,100 pairs of pants by Saturday, March 25. The pants will be displayed on a path from Miley Hall to the O’Hare Academic Building on Wednesday March 29 during the SRyou Student Exhibition.
Statistics, messages of hope, and stories of those who have been impacted by suicide will also be included. Following the exhibition, the pants will be donated to local community members.
All types of pants will be accepted. Donations may be dropped off at the Office of Community Service, located in Wakehurst, Room 201. To schedule a pickup of larger donations, call (401) 341-2440.