Warm heads, hands and hearts

Brittney Newman and Jackie Halliday distributed free gloves and toques to some lucky Durham College students.
Brittney Newman and Jackie Halliday distributed free gloves and toques to some lucky Durham College students.

Not only are heads a little warmer but hands are too, without sacrificing the use of a touchscreen.

The Student Life Office surprised some students March 5 with a free ‘I Heart DC’ toque and gloves with special touchscreen-friendly fingers given away in a few spots at the Oshawa and Whitby campuses.

The 400 gloves and 240 hats disappeared quickly, according to DC Crew members commissioned to hand them out.

“It was great, we handed them all out in like five minutes,” said DC Crew member Brittney Newman, a second-year student in the water quality technician course.

DC swag was given away in Vendor’s Alley, South Wing entrance, the PIT and the Student Services Building lobby. DC Crew members gathered at the secret locations just before 11 a.m. with bags of goodies and things wrapped up well before the 1 p.m. expected finish time.

“Just trying to keep everyone warm – it’s cold outside, and everyone likes free stuff,” said Newman.

Hats and gloves were provided to students free at both the Oshawa and Whitby campuses Thursday and Pickering on Friday.

The Student Life Office is responsible for many events and appreciation giveaways around the campus all year including free cookies for student appreciation day last month and free hot chocolate in January. All activities are a part of the #IHeartDC campaign.

“There’s going to be a lot of other events happening at Durham College,” said DC Crew member Jackie Halliday, a first-year police foundations student. Halliday said there are many more free giveaways and events to look forward to in the coming months, but couldn’t divulge any details.

She enjoyed wearing the hat and gloves for the surprise giveaway though, exclaiming, “they’re so soft… we want to make sure that everyone stays safe, they don’t get frostbite or anything like that.”

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