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Researcher spearheads clothing drive for local shelter

Donations for Rotholme family shelter

Elizabeth Silber (at right in photo), a fresh PhD degree in Meteor Physics under her belt, is presently working as a postdoctoral fellow with Gordon Osinski in Earth Sciences and the Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration at Western. Also shown in the photo are helpful staff members Brian Davis (far left), Clara Buma (2nd from left), and Loveleen Gill (2nd from right).

Elizabeth has for many years made an important part of her Christmas calendar the donation of goods to some of the local London shelters for the homeless, or those fleeing dangerous home situations.

Donations for Rotholme family shelter

This past year, Elizabeth discovered the Rotholme shelter for homeless families.  From what Elizabeth had experienced in the past, this shelter appeared in great need.  It was booked to capacity during this Christmas season, and they were short of clothing, food, and money for feeding the families.

Elizabeth got the ball rolling for a drive within the department of Physics and Astronomy, and it wasn't many days before the main office was filling up with goods, including much appreciated cash donations.

Without the generous donations from all involved, and the volunteer efforts of staff, this initiative would not have been possible.

This current drive ended on Dec. 18, on which day Elizabeth and other volunteers took the Physics and Astronomy donations down to the shelter, where they were gladly received.

Donations for Rotholme family shelter

A new drive will begin in January 2015. Stay tuned for the announcement, and please think about giving.