WSU Law clinic charity spreads holiday cheer


– Photo courtesy of Wayne Law

Eleven families, including 17 adults and eight children, will have a warmer holiday season thanks to a donation drive supported by students, faculty, staff and friends of Wayne State University Law School.

The goal — to provide $3,000 worth of goods to families — was exceeded by $2,850, or 49 percent, for a total of $5,850 worth of gifts provided.

The Winter Wishes program, in its fourth year, has helped families who are clients of Wayne Law’s legal clinics.

Items donated during this year’s drive included blankets, boots, coats, gift cards, hats, scarves and toys.

Monetary donations were used to buy similar items.

Winter Wishes began in 2012 as the fall semester capstone project of Wayne Law’s Legal Advocacy for People with Cancer Clinic’s designated social work intern.

Lauren Burnett, the social work intern in the clinic through the Wayne State University master of social work program, led this year’s drive.

“I am truly moved by the generosity of the Wayne State University Law School community,” Burnett said. “Students, faculty and staff rallied around this cause, and their gifts will improve the winter months for 11 families.”

The clinic had fundraisers including a hot food bar, hot cocoa bar and “Clash of the Cash” in November to raise money and accepted donations through Dec. 7.