Posted by John Muldoon on Apr 08, 2021
IPSWICH — After just one week of collecting goods, a group of high school students has sent it off to a charity that supports the homeless.
The students asked residents for clothes they no longer wanted or to donate toiletries.
Last Saturday, the group assembled on Congress Street in Ipswich to load the donated goods into cars and bring them to Lowell.
“Basically, we got everything we needed in a really large quantity”, said Interact President Audrey Berger.  “No one expected this much stuff.  We’re really glad Ipswich got together and helped us.”  
Dana Falardeau loads a car.
Students in the Interact Club set about helping Living Waters, a group that supports the chronically homeless in Lowell.  Its website says it provides meals, mobile charging, mail pick-up, laundry, rest rooms, referrals, hygiene, haircuts, clothes, workshops, and case management.
The students set up four collection points, at Town Hall, Zumi’s, Ipswich High School, and the Ipswich YMCA.  Berger said some people made their own care packages with toiletries and other goods they bought.

From left: Louisa Roesler, Audrey Berger, Dana Falardeau (in front), Sam Orroth and Steven Yon, with some of the donations they received.