USask students Allyse Cruise and Courtenay Catlin have organized a donations drive to give toys to children and families who can't afford to buy them right now. (Photo courtesy: Allyse Cruise)

USask unites: USask law students set up donations drive dedicated to helping kids

Since the first cases of COVID-19 were announced in the province, members of the USask community have come together to support one another in these uncertain times.

Extraordinary circumstances have brought out extraordinary responses from members of our USask community. From frontline health-care workers to researchers looking for a solution to this global health threat, there are so many stories about people are working to make our home communities safer and healthy. Here are a few of the inspiring stories of our students, staff, faculty and alumni.

USask law students Allyse Cruise and Courtenay Catlin saw and heard some of the challenging times local parents were experiencing working from home, and also trying to take care of their children.

“We thought, this may be a really difficult time for children,” explains Allyse in an interview with 650 CKOM, “and so that was really the kind of the impetus for why we wanted to start a children’s focused group.”

In an interview with the Saskatoon StarPhoenix, Catlin said they were helped by a “massive” donation from Village Green Thrift Store and help from a USask professor. One person also donated $500. All donations were sanitized and carefully cleaned before being packaged.

The pair said they’ve already dropped off a dozen packages, with plans to drop off 40 more in the next few days. All donations are anonymous.

Read more about these inspiring USask students at 650 CKOM.

Read more at the Saskatoon StarPhoenix.

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As a community it is critical that we support each other and remain respectful during what is a difficult time for all of us. Please follow all guidelines and take all precautions to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in our community.

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