Thanks to a clothing drive organized by two Holderness students, kids who attend a summer camp focused on empowering, transforming, and enriching girls' lives will receive new clothing this summer.
Over the course of the fall semester, Addie Pfeifle ’25 and Natalie Low ’25 organized a clothing drive to collect unwanted garments from their classmates. They collected more than 10 trash bags full of old clothes, and they even received a donation of hats knit by Josephine Williams, a member of the school’s housekeeping department. When school resumed in January, the girls donated the clothes to Circle Program, a Plymouth-based nonprofit that supports New Hampshire girls who lack the opportunities and resources to develop their full potential. The Circle Program includes a three-week residential camp in a safe environment where girls and teens become better equipped to make healthy choices, create lasting friendships, learn new skills, gain self-confidence, and develop a stronger sense of self.
Natalie says she and Addie were inspired by a clothing drive held at the school last year.
“They had a giant box and everyone donated and there were a ton of clothes,” Natalie says. “I was inspired by that, and we decided we wanted to do one this year, and have it continue throughout the school year."
The girls dropped off their first batch of clothing at Circle Program in late January. They plan to continue the clothing drive through the end of the school year, and may donate clothing to other New Hampshire nonprofits in need.
Organizing the clothing drive has been a rewarding experience for both girls.
“Holderness talks a lot about community, and I feel like we’re giving back to the community,” Addie says. “This is something everyone should do and I’m really happy that we did it. When we bring people clothes we just get so excited.”