Hamline News

Helping on Hewitt

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many Pipers have taken the lead, going above and beyond their usual duties and responsibilities to help our community. On Hewitt Avenue, staff from residential life collaborated with the student programming board to make life more bearable for students living on campus during the Minnesota Stay Home Order.

Emma Harrington, the Collaborations Programmer for the Hamline University Programming Board (HUPB), led an effort to provide care packages for students living on campus after spring break. The initiative was based on the organizational mission to benefit students.

“I still wanted to provide something comforting and entertaining for the students, especially those on campus,” said Harrington. “It's also important for us to use our budgets that were created with the purpose of benefiting the students.”

Harrington worked with the residential life area coordinators Jacob Alexander and Matt Barr. After a Google meeting to brainstorm ideas, the group decided on two options that the students could choose between. One included a skincare face mask, brush markers, and 2 coloring books. The other option included a deck of playing cards, candy, and lotion. Both arrived in a HUPB canvas tote and included a cloth face mask (to cover nose and mouth).

Over eighty students signed up to receive the care packages, which were delivered to their doors the first week in May. 

Students appreciated the gifts.

An international student who cannot go home to Argentina said, ”These have been rough times, to say the least. Having someone thinking about how you may feel and getting something to comfort you is heartwarming and I am thankful for that gesture.”

Written by staff