An award-winning, student-led 501(c)3 nonprofit organization repurposing linens to charities since 2014.
By: Samantha How, Chapter President of Canyon Linens N Love
At a leadership summit for Linens N Love (LNL), I learned that LNL volunteers solicit linen donations from hotels and deliver them to local shelters in need. Several months later, I started a LNL chapter at my high school, the third chapter to join the Southern California region.
I had some prior experience with founding clubs, but nothing of this scale. Drafting a constitution, picking a board, learning how to manage a chapter, it was a bit daunting, to say the least. I often wondered whether I was up to the task, whether someone more experienced than me should have taken on that responsibility.
My first delivery after founding the chapter was to the Irvine Animal Care Center. For the other members of my chapter, it was their first delivery with LNL. After we donated three hundred linens, I toured the shelter and saw puppies bundled up in blankets, kittens swaddled in sheets, and bunnies sheathed in warm towels. Seeing how my actions made a contribution to the community made me all the more dedicated to the Linens N Love mission.
When the pandemic hit, many of us in the volunteer community were left floundering. With our deliveries and trips cancelled, it became difficult to stay active. However, we eventually found ways to do good even in this new environment. This year, I reached out to Friends of Orange County Homeless Pets (FOCHP) after seeing their request for linens online. This became an ongoing partnership, where we gave them monthly donations for their ever-growing number of rescue animals. To keep my chapter involved in volunteerism, I recently held a donation drive for supplies to be delivered to FOCHP.
Now, as an experienced LNL member, I am often asked for advice by prospective chapter presidents who want to spread LNL’s mission across the country. When I stop and think about it, I have impacted not just my own community, but inspired others to do the same for theirs.
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