Boxes…upon boxes…upon boxes filled with items like stocking caps, underwear and other necessities.
Last month we brought you the story of Carroll nursing student Mary Brook's community service efforts. She and her classmates started a clothing drive to try and help Helena's homeless population. They set up boxes around the campus and asked anyone to stop by and donate base-layer clothing.
Their goal was a 1,000 items but thanks to the community's help they surpassed it. 79 stocking caps, 478 pairs of socks and 615 pairs of underwear.
The overall total: 1,178 items
"It's amazing," says project coordinator Mary Brook. "The way the community responded and how they just wanted to help was awesome. I got phone calls like every other day. People wanted to donate stuff so it's really cool"
With the drive is over, they delivered all the boxes to the YWCA where there they will be distributed to various homeless serving agencies around the city.
"They had told me how many items they collected and I still wasn't quite ready for that many boxes," says YWCA Executive Director Kellie McBride. "We'll definitely put them to use. We definitely will give them away but I was surprised by how much there actually is."
For Mary and her fellow seniors it's mission accomplished. Just in time too, as finals are right around the corner.