Interact Club Collection Drive Garners Community Support

Los Alamos High School sophomore Elise Ovaska, Rotary Interact publicity officer and historian, sets out the first empty box for donors to fill during the Club’s Nov. 18 collection of winter necessities for residents of a homeless center in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

LAHS Principal Carter Payne stopped by Wednesday afternoon to find community donations for the Rotary Interact Club’s collection for the homeless had grown considerably since 7:30 a.m. that day. Photo by Carter Payne


The Rotary Interact Club’s recent collection drive for the homeless drew strong community support.

Elise Ovaska, publicity officer and historian for Interact, and Yunseo Kim, vice-president, spearheaded this giving project for Interact with support from Tommy Oldham, president; Pippa Fung, secretary; Taylor Kanzleiter, treasurer; and Malia Hanawalt.

Interact is a youth leadership service club organized under the auspices of Rotary International. It provides  opportunities for students 12-18 to make a difference in their schools and communities and discover new cultures and promote international understanding.

Local Rotarians Keith Lewis, Sandy Tobin and Alison Pannell mentor the program; LAHS language arts teacher Margo Batha is the high school contact.

For more information, contact any of the students or adults named or Linda Hull, vice-president of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos at 505.662.7950.

The donations for the Rotary Interact Club’s collection for the homeless drive were so generous that an extra truck was needed to transport the warm clothing, blankets, toiletries and other items to additional storage space. Elisa Ovaska, pictured, remarked, ‘When I put out the box at 7:30 a.m. there were already people donating! We really appreciated the toiletries and clean winter clothes! It took us an hour and a half to get everything loaded and stored but it was definitely worth it.  I’m so grateful for the sponsors and excited to donate.’ Courtesy photo