Public Interest Law Society donates clothing, toys to Greensboro charities

The holiday season will be brighter for some members of the Greensboro community, thanks to the efforts of the Public Interest Law Society (PILS) at Elon University School of Law.

The student organization sponsored an Angel Tree drive for the Salvation Army and Freedom House, a group home that helps single mothers with addictions and their children. Law students, faculty and staff were invited to donate clothing, toys, bath products and other basic items for the drive.

PILS co-presidents Rheanna Gaskin and Kristin Cook delivered the wrapped gifts to the Salvation Army and Freedom House on Dec. 11. “The mothers at Freedom House were very emotional and extremely overjoyed,” Gaskin said. “They were ecstatic because they were able to give their kids a gift for Christmas.”  Three mothers and seven children at Freedom House received gifts including toys, clothes, shoes, skateboarding helmets and dolls. In all, PILS collected more than 30 gifts for Freedom House and the Salvation Army.

“Seeing the reaction of the mothers and their children when we walked in the door with those gifts made it all worthwhile,” Gaskin said. “They were absolutely thrilled!”