Giving the gift of warmth this season

‘Tis the season for giving! With the holiday season here again, many look for ways to give back and help those in need. How about donating that winter coat or classic Christmas sweater you haven’t worn in ages?

Created to assist students with outerwear during the cold winter months, the San Jacinto College Student Engagement and Activities offices launched the Winter Coat Closet in fall 2018. The campus coat closets provide coats, jackets, and other clothing items to currently enrolled students and their family members in need.

As the colder weather begins, the College wants to make sure staying warm is not a barrier to student success. Gently used, clean coats and other winter apparel can be donated any time to the Student Activities and Engagement (SEA) offices on the Central, North, and South Campuses.

“We typically do our call for donations in mid-autumn so that we have a fresh supply of coats going into the winter months,” said Daniel Byars, San Jacinto College South Campus Student Engagement and Activities Coordinator.

Students can simply fill out a form online or in person at a campus SEA office to set up a time to pick out winter garments for themselves and their family members.

Byars encourages students to use the Coat Closet, despite the fact that temperatures are not exactly freezing yet.

“The coat closet is open year-round," he said. "It’s an easy way to help assure students that they have a clothing resource available when the winter weather finds its way to us.”

The San Jacinto College SEA offices are located at:

  • Central Campus Student Center: Building 14, Room C14.100, 8060 Spencer Hwy., Pasadena, TX 77505, 281-476-1877
  • North Campus Student Center: Building 12, Room N12.101, 5800 Uvalde, Houston, TX 77049, 281-459-7167
  • South Campus Student Center: Building 11, Room S11.115, 13735 Beamer Rd., Houston, TX 77089, 281-929-4633

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries, and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has served the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. The College is fiscally sound, holding bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s. San Jacinto College is a 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Top 10 institution, a 2017 Aspen Prize Rising Star Award recipient, and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. The College serves approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students annually, and offers eight areas of study that put students on a path to transfer to four-year institutions or enter the workforce. San Jacinto College’s impact on the region totals $1.3 billion in added income, which supports 13,044 jobs.

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