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Public-Purpose Fair at Westminster

Students, faculty to carry out service projects, tell how 'Lightning Strikes the Heart'

From Patch Reports

students will participate Friday in a Public-Purpose Fair, an all-day event focused on service projects.

The students and faculty in a variety of multi-media presentations will share how they first stepped out to serve — how “Lightning Strikes the Heart,” according to an announcement about the event, sponsored by Westminster’s Glenn Institute for Philanthropy. The 1,852 fair participants will participate in hands-on service projects that include:

  • Fleece-blanket making: 1,500 students and faculty will use 2,000 yards of fleece to make 520 blankets, to be provided to homeless shelters and for school service projects in Guatemala and Kenya. Hancock Fabrics Decatur store  is the partner for  the project.
  • Rain-barrel painting: 474 students and faculty will paint 56 plastic rain barrels that will be donated to area public schools with community gardens. The Coca-Cola Corp. and the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeepers are partnering with Westminster in the project
  • Medical equipment sorting and repackaging: MedShare International is bringing a truckload of collected medical equipment to campus — sterile, sealed supplies that would otherwise be thrown away. 550 students and faculty will sort these supplies, assembling kits for delivery to hospitals and clinics worldwide.
  • Environmentally friendly laundry-detergent making: 491 students and faculty will make 3,200 loads of laundry detergent from environmentally friendly ingredients. The detergent packets will be delivered to a number of Atlanta-area shelters. Westminster's student-led Environmental Campus Organization is heading up this project, with support from Printpack.
  • Thank you cards: 484 students and faculty in the elementary school will create 1,500 hand-drawn Thank You cards that will be used by Trees Atlanta to thank its donors.

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