Brooklyn Park Student Collects 500 lbs. of Clothing for CEAP
Brooklyn Park resident Matthew Seawood collected more than 500 lbs. of clothing for CEAP as part of his senior project at De La Salle High School.
“We’re at an amazing apartment complex that helped us pick up a lot of clothes,” said Seawood. “We knew we could do the dirty work in a week to make this a big thing.”
Matthew Seawood spent three weeks working on this project. He set a goal to bring in 200 lbs. of clothing, but wound up collecting a grand total of 588 pounds.
However, this humble young man isn’t exactly patting himself on the back. Seawood believes in “taking action” and that a clothing drive is just a small part of what he can contribute to the community.
“I think it’s a matter of finding your lane that you feel you have a calling to,” says Seawood. “I think it’s just constant growth. As I grow, I should be reaching back and helping. I think when we find those things, it’s the little things that come up everyday. When we see that opportunity, we should seize it and go after it.”
“It’s been so fun working with him. He’s a leader in his community and a leader in his school,” said Jane Shade, CEAP‘s director of community engagement. “It’s great to have an example of a youth who is doing this. He’s coordinating this, dealing with logistics, all the marketing and all of the work. Now we can tell his story and we hope we can inspire other youth to do the same.”
Matthew Seawood’s collection comes at just the right time. The nonprofit is in need of winter gear.
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