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Office administration students in Marystown give back to community

A group of students at Keyin College in Marystown turned a project for their Organizational Behavior course into a way to help make a difference in the lives of others.

(From left) Yvette Quirke, Anh Nguyen and Melissa Doyle will present Hampers of Hope to the staff of the Grace Sparkes House on Aug. 9.


Melissa Doyle, Yvette Quirke and Anh Nguyen, who are all studying office administration, decided to help collect items for the Hampers of Hope program.

From the course there was a requirement to do a team project.

An incentive of The Grace Sparkes, the Hampers of Hope helps provide women with the household items needed when moving into a new apartment.

The trio has set up baskets around the college where students can leave donations for the project.

“We take household cleaners, (gently used) pots and pans, bed sheets, children’s pajamas, small appliances, small grocery cards,” explained Doyle. “Anything that you would need to start fresh in a new apartment or home.”


They are only two weeks into their project, but the team said the help that they are getting from the public is unbelievable, with a great response from students and staff.

The group also have plans to hold a ticket draw. The proceeds of that initiative will go towards the purchase of additional hamper items.

The group said that they would like to continue finding ways to give back to the community during their time in the program.

“I am sure there is going to be more projects so we’ll probably pick another non-profit group to help out,”  Quirke said.

The group extend appreciation to their instructors Duane and Stella Stokes.

“They have been like mentors for us throughout it,” said Doyle. “They have helped us secure some decisions and kept us on point with everything.”


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