Volume 12, Number 2 September 10, 2004

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Drive is on to collect winter clothing & kitchen utensils for int’l students

U of S International Student Advisor Kurt Tischler says his office’s annual drive to collect essential items for international students just got bigger.

Tischler and staff are busy preparing for their eighth annual “Winter Clothing Give-Away” to help keep students warm.

And this year for the first time he and his office will also co-ordinate a “Small Utensils Exchange”, helping to ensure international students have the kitchen items they need.

Many of the more than 900 full-time international students, and in some cases their families too, arrive in Saskatoon without the warm winter clothing needed for Saskatoon’s cold winter weather.

For that reason, Tischler is again asking the campus community to donate mitts, gloves, scarves, toques and especially parkas and sweaters in good and clean condition.

Clothing can be dropped off at the International Student Office, Place Riel Rm. 60, from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. For pick-up of donations call 966-4925.

For his new “Small Utensils Exchange Program”, Tischler says the Residence Office and Facilities Management Division have generously provided space in Lower Sask Hall.

Newly arrived international students will be able to pick up plates, cups, knives, pots, pans, toasters and similar items needed to set up a kitchen.

When they finish their studies here, students will return these items so they can be loaned again to other international students. This program is designed to meet the needs of the increasing number of exchange students who study at the U of S for only four months.

Tischler says the International Student Office is appealing to the campus community to donate kitchen utensils to build the initial stock needed to begin this program. As with the winter clothing drive, items for the utensils drive can be dropped off at the International Student Office or pick-up of donations can be arranged.

For more information, contact communications.office@usask.ca

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