HPU Bonner Students Host Winter Coat Drive for the Community

High Point University’s Loren Bowser, an HPU Bonner student, organized this year’s coat drive.


HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 11, 2019 – High Point University Bonner students are collecting coats during the month of October for area nonprofits in the city of High Point.

HPU’s Bonner Program is collecting clean and gently used or new winter coats for children and adults. If you are interested in donating a coat, you can drop it off at the following locations:

  • Laurel Oak Children Center between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. at 1004 Old Plank Road, High Point.
  • Laurel Oak Christian Church between the hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 1001 Old Plank Road, High Point.
  • D-UP on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. at 613 Washington St., High Point.

“No child should face the winter months without a warm coat,” says Loren Bowser, an HPU Bonner student who helped organize the coat drive. “I believe a warm coat is not a luxury but a basic right every child should have.”

Bowser encourages people to collect coats at their school, workplace or organization if you can’t make it to a drop-off location. Groups who collect coats can contact her at lbowser@highpoint.edu to coordinate a time for her to pick up the donated coats.

The nonprofits who will benefit from the coat drive include D-UP, Macedonia Family Resource Center, The Community Writing Center and Leslie’s House.

The Bonner Leader Program is a four-year responsibility. Students commit to six to eight hours of community service each week, culminating in over 200 hours of community service during each academic year. In addition to consistent service with community partners, the Bonner Leader Program promotes leadership development in students through participation in the Civic Responsibility and Social Innovation program. This minor engages Bonners in weekly training and reflection workshops, team and skill-building activities, ethics courses, persuasive speaking courses, and a community-engaged capstone project.

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