Wayne Law clinic charity assists most individuals to date

DETROIT – Twelve families, including nine children and 27 adults (the largest number of recipients since the program’s inception), will have a brighter holiday season thanks to a donation drive supported by students, faculty, staff and friends of Wayne State University Law School.

The goal – to provide $6,600 worth of goods to families – was almost doubled for a total of more than $11,200 worth of gifts donated.

The Winter Wishes program is in its eighth year of helping clients of Wayne Law’s Legal Advocacy for People with Cancer Clinic. This year’s program brought in more than 240 donated items including winter clothes, boots, blankets, bathrobes, gift cards, hats, toys, kitchen essentials and other products.

The program is part of a semester capstone project for the clinic’s designated social work intern through WSU’s Master of Social Work program. This year that student was Julie Lowenthal of Detroit. Lowenthal was supervised by Assistant Professor (Clinical) Kathryn M. Smolinski, who is founder and director of the clinic.

“Working with the Law School faculty, staff and students to make this program a success has been an amazing experience,” said Lowenthal. “I'm grateful for their contributions and the contributions of the School of Social Work to brighten up the holidays for so many deserving families.”

Donations to the program were accepted through Dec. 2. The clinic also hosted a hot food bar fundraiser sponsored by LaPita Fresh and accepted donations for a gift basket drawing. Wayne Law’s Student Board of Governors donated Law School apparel and provided a monetary contribution to support one of the gift baskets. In addition to support from members of the Wayne Law community, the School of Social Work and various other family and friends adopted families this year.

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Contact: Kaylee Place

Phone: 313-577-4629

Email: kaylee.place@wayne.edu


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