A tradition of giving

Project “Share Joy” helps community during the 2020 holiday season


Schoolcraft Business Club President Catreese Qualls loads gift bags filled with donations onto the truck to be taken to the Wayne County Family Shelter on December 22, 2020.

Matthew Fular, Editor-in-Chief

The year 2020 was a tumultuous for everyone, but even in the face of adversity communities came together to support each other. Schoolcraft students, staff, faculty and community members united this past holiday season in the project known as “Share Joy.”

The event ran from Dec. 10 through 21, collecting donations for families for the Wayne County Family Shelter, 53 children among them. This is the sixteenth year the College has participated in the cause.

The Lower Waterman was filled with donations for the “Share Joy” event. Staff, Faculty and students came together on December 21, 2020 to package gift bags to donate. (Photos courtesy of the Student Activities Office)

The event was headed by Schoolcraft Professors Anna Maheshwari and Mary Rader with the help of the Student Activities Office. Student groups like Phi Theta Kappa and the Honors Scholars Program helped in the effort alongside the contributions from the Liberal Arts Division and the Design and Duplication Center.

The Schoolcraft community donated toiletries, new clothing, healthy snacks and an additional fun goody bags towards the project. As a result of the selfless donations, 135 gift bags were assembled for children and displaced adults at the Wayne County Family Shelter.

Based on the outpouring of donations, in addition to the gift bags donated to Wayne County Family Shelter, Schoolcraft was also able to provide gifts to the Sumpter House for Women, the Westland Lighthouse Mission, Celebrating Diversity Toy Drive and to the Detroit Community Fridge.

In a year where nothing seemed to go right, the Schoolcraft community found a way to give some hope for the holidays.

Click on the link below for a video recap of the event.