Emory’s Laney Graduate School Puts Thoughts into Action to Help Our Families

Morgan Barham, the 2019 Fellow for Emory University’s James T. Laney School of Graduate Studies, had an epiphany on a recruitment trip with Amanda Marie James, the school’s assistant dean for diversity, recruitment and community engagement. In April, they put thought to action and created a toiletry drive for the families at our Ronald McDonald Houses.

“We were traveling on a recruitment trip, and Morgan comes to me and says we all are taking these toiletries when we travel. ‘What can we do with them?’” recalls Amanda. From there, about six boxes were placed around the Emory campus during April.

The school collected enough toiletries, thanks to its 1,800 students and staff members, to fill a 32-inch travel suitcase. Not only did the graduate school bring travel size items, the students included regular size items too.

“We love being able to provide toiletries for our families,” says Kelsey McCullough, volunteer manager at the House near Egleston. “It’s amazing what you can do when everyone pulls together.”

Amanda, Naima Barton, program coordinator, and Gerald Butler all dropped off the supplies.