Inspired, I decided to start working on the next step that very day – getting more, and planning events and drives to bring in supplies. I went down to the main offices for the College of the Arts where I am enrolled (my major is studio art, with a specialization in photography) and asked if I could leave a box out so that students could donate supplies. The administrator there was very open to the idea, and rather helpful.
She recommended leaving a box outside the Visual Resources Center, but I was worried that it was a fairly low traffic area and wouldn’t see many students go by. I suggested outside of the drawing room, a well visited walkway, but she was rightfully concerned that less scrupulous individuals might make off with the donated supplies. So what to do?
In the end, inspired by the various fliers for shows on campus – a well known feature in the art department, I decided I would post notices, in as many places as I could, inviting people to make donations in a box left in a safe place. I might also place a box in a “less secure” area, because while the threat of losing supplies exists, I worry that in the end losing the potential donations for lack of visibility might be worse in the long run. Previous canned food drives proved successful and showed that in general the student body is very capable, or at least unwilling to steal from charities. Only time will tell.