The power of one

Nov 23, 2005

Kettering got an early start on the holiday season thanks to Campus Safety Officer Charles Keeler, who decided to show the community that Kettering cares about its hometown.

Kettering Campus Safety Officer Charles "Chuck" Keeler found a lot of support when he set out to help local kids stay warm this winter.

Charles "Chuck" Keeler, Kettering University Campus Safety officer, was reading an article in "The Technician," the student newspaper at Kettering, about all the things Kettering could do to help Flint be a better place and thought "I don't know what Kettering can do, but I know what I can do." And he went right out and did it.

Getting a jump on the cold weather and the season of giving, Keeler approached his union about making a donation to the Salvation Army Coats for Kids campaign. "I was looking for about $300 from my union fellows," said Keeler, "and all of a sudden I was going shopping with $1,500!"

The $1,500 came from three sources - his union donated $500, which was matched by both the Kettering Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC) and the Residence Hall Association (RHA). A few people also handed him $10 here and there prior to his shopping trip to Steve and Barry's in Genesee Valley Mall to buy coats at $10 each.

He and three other Campus Safety officers were able to purchase 155 men's, women's and children's coats with $4 to spare. "We put the extra change in the donation box for the Giving Tree," said Keeler, referring to the tree in the Campus Center Great Court bearing the names of children receiving services from Carriage Town Ministries. (The Kettering Student Government Philanthropy committee is coordinating efforts to fulfill the holiday wishes of children and families at CarriageTown Ministries.)

The coats were presented to Captain John Williams of the Salvation Army on Nov. 21. Representatives from Campus Safety, IFC and RHA were present to help load the coats into Williams' van.

Written by Dawn Hibbard