At the end of the 2010 spring semester, the Harvard chapter of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) organized a linen drive to benefit the Animal Rescue League of Boston, an organization dedicated to rescuing homeless animals from cruelty and neglect.
SALDF members set up five donation boxes around the law school campus and dormitories, in which the law school community placed donations of towels, sheets and blankets. The Animal Rescue League desperately needs these items to line the cages of the animals they shelter. Altogether, the linen drive resulted in a large donation consisting of about 5 suitcases worth of linens. When SALDF officers arrived at the Animal Rescue League (where the receptionist was comforting a week-old abandoned kitten) the shelters’ staff members were extremely grateful for the donation, and also expressed relief, as the shelter had been experiencing a severe shortage of linens. While each student who dropped off unwanted linens at the end of the school year probably did not miss the items much, these old sheets and towels will provide much-needed warmth and comfort to neglected animals in the Boston area in the coming months.
SALDF plans to organize a similar drive at the conclusion of the upcoming academic year.