Winter coats being sought for visiting students

by | Nov 13, 2015 | Life

Shaunte Sterling
Life Reporter

Humber international student Shaunak Pandyer didn’t bring a coat with him when he arrived in Canada eight months ago.

He’s grateful for being in the country but not prepared for what winter has in store for him.

Humber campuses at North and Lakeshore are collecting lightly used jackets and other winter gear like scarves, mitts and hats for international students and others in need through Nov. 19.

“We are suffering with so many financial problems. We have to pay for tuition and all that stuff, it’s stressful,” Pandyer said.

Pandyer, 23, from India and in his first year at Humber studying global business management, is thankful for programs like this one that helps international students.

The new Learning Resource Commons building includes the International Centre on the second floor to help students settle in.

Business administration student Valentine Mburu, 19, who is not an international student, feels Humber is succeeding in helping students in need.

“I don’t need [certain] things as much as others (but) Humber’s always going out of the way to accommodate their students,” Mburu said.

Giving back to the community doesn’t only happen at Humber but throughout Toronto. Goodwill employee Danny Shaortell says donating is important.

“It’s [important] to help not only the homeless [but] people in need. We all struggle and need some sort of help, rich or poor,” Shaortell said.

International student advisor Matthew Keefe says the event will benefit many students.

“It benefits the international students for sure. I know that there is a lot [of students] that don’t have the appropriate jackets or the money to purchase them,” he said.

Donations have been brought since Oct. 22 to D224 at North and H100A at Lakeshore.

“Then we’ll be distributing it out to them,” Keefe said.

International students can pick up their free coat at North LRC Concourse on Nov. 16 and Nov. 17 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.