Student Project Aims to Collect Items for Families in Need

Release Date:
April 24, 2012
Matt Heidt,

HAMBURG, N.Y. -- Personal care, baby items, gift cards and many other needed items are being collected to assist local families served by Gateway-Longview, a community service project being organized by Hilbert College honors student Samantha Hahn.

An intern at the child and family service organization, Hahn noted donations will benefit youngsters and families who are receiving temporary care services, including children who may be living in temporary homes provided by family members and friends.
“Oftentimes, these individuals have few or no basic items with them during this transition period. Donations to the collection drive will help this wonderful organization and those being served and the individuals who have opened their hearts and homes to children in need,” said Hahn, who resides in Alden.
Among the various items sought for donation are baby supplies (pacifiers, bottles, formula, diapers, etc.), bedding and pillows, toiletries, shoes, new or gently used adult and children’s clothing, furniture, and gift cards.
Donations may be dropped off through May 3 at donation boxes located around Hilbert’s campus. More information is available by contacting Amy Smith, Ph.D., director of the Honors Program, at 926-8877 or e-mail

Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.