Schreiber’s Blood and Coat Drives

Lindsey Smith, Staff Assistant

From Nov. 1 to Nov. 3, Schreiber hosted its annual Winter Coat Drive to provide winter-wear for those who would not have been able to buy it themselves.  

Many people in the community cannot afford clothing to keep them warm throughout the winter.  Schreiber’s coat drive collects winter coats, jackets, hats, scarves, boots, gloves, and blankets.  They collected apparel of all sizes to give to less fortunate adults and children in Port Washington.

“The annual coat drive is so much more than just a collection and distribution of winter coats and clothing,” said Parents’ Council Co-Presidents Ms. Julie Epstein and Ms. Meredith Steigman.  “It is an event that brings all people together to serve the Port Washington Community.  This year we were fortunate enough to receive donations from not only our seven schools but also St. Peter’s school and we hope to grow our collection even more next year!  We were able to distribute to over 100 families on the first night alone and continued to give within the community by donating all remaining coats to the Parents Resource Center’s Coat Drive.”  

The coat drive made for the perfect opportunity to give back to the people within the community and show that we are all united and willing to assist one another.

On Nov. 15, Schreiber also hosted a Blood Drive in partnership with Long Island Blood Services. The blood drive gave faculty and some students alike the chance to give a donation of their blood to save lives.  Many students participated in donating as they knew that their small contributions were capable of making a large impact on the lives of others.

“Donating blood always leaves me feeling so accomplished,” said junior Priya Chainani.  “It’s a scary thing to do, but at the end of the day, you are left feeling satisfied knowing that you are helping someone in need.”  

The success of the blood drive hosted at Manorhaven Elementary School also showed great potential for the high school turnout.  

“Giving blood is very rewarding.  Blood is one of the few things that can’t be manufactured and can only be obtained if people donate.  The benefit is others is much greater than the small inconvenience involved with donating,” said Port resident Ms. Debbie Kagan.

Both events required contributions to be made by the people in the town, and revealed that our community is fully capable of and willing to support those who are in need. One act of kindness and generosity can make a huge difference.