Student Clubs Assemble Packages For Homeless

SOCORRO, N.M. April 23, 2014 – The New Mexico Tech chapter of Engineers Without Border organized a massive fundraising campaign that culminated in almost 100 people gathering to assemble 500 “NovoPacks” to be given to homeless people in the Southwest.

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Angelica Perry and Ethan Locke stop for a picture during the assembly of 500 NovoPacks in the Tech gym.


The Engineers Without Borders chapter enlisted the help of eight other clubs, each of which organized fund-raisers throughout the school year. The money raised helped purchase various necessities to be donated.

On Friday, April 11, students, faculty, staff and community members came together at the Tech gym to stuff items into New Mexico Tech logo drawstring bags. The NovoPacks contained canned foodstuffs (peanut butter and Vienna sausages), toothbrushes, toothpaste, chapstick, deodorant, soap, toilet paper, disposable razors and a can opener.

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Angelica Perry, president of the EWB Chapter, said, “We were looking for something that will make an impact on this community, but is in the range of student capabilities.”

Each of the clubs involved took on a different task – soliciting donated items or cash. Then, members of each club participated in the assembling. Perry guessed that putting the NovoPacks together would take an hour, but the assembly line system only took 20 minutes.

The finished packages were donated to the Socorro homeless shelter, Puerto Seguro, which will transport the bags to an area of western New Mexico that is experiencing a large number of homeless people. After the bags were assembled, Puerto Seguro board president Marie Glendenning and board member Dr. Elizabeth Kramer-Simpson presented Perry with a certificate of thanks. 

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