During the Georgetown School of Medicine’s annual HOYA Clinic Toy Drive Dec. 2, medical students wrapped and handed out gifts to children at three locations in Washington, DC that house families experiencing homelessness.
Sarah Trent (M’22) and Ben Hack (M’22), HOYA Clinic student volunteers, led a fundraising campaign for the drive that kicked off Dec. 3. Generous donations from students, faculty and staff helped raise more than $10,000 for toys.
“It’s so important for all kids – especially those experiencing poverty and homelessness – to look forward to and enjoy the magic of the holidays,” says Trent. “For families facing financial hardships, it can also be difficult to budget for gifts, so the HOYA Clinic Toy Drive aims to ease that financial and emotional burden on families so that everyone can truly enjoy the holidays.
Bosco says his favorite holiday moment on campus is the Advent Mass.
“It’s becoming more and more a tradition among all Hoyas, Catholic or not,” he says. “We start in the Quad and sing songs as we climb the stairs to Gaston Hall, and all the chapel choirs sing together at the Mass. It is such a wonderful way to prepare for Christmas as a Georgetown community.”