International Students Take Initiative


posing with potatoes

at food pantry

Three international students at Mary Baldwin College made the bold decision to volunteer to help those less fortunate in New York City during winter break. The students — Miho Saito of Japan and Ji Young Lee and Ryeo-won Lee of South Korea — began their mission by contacting New York Cares , one of that city’s biggest volunteer agencies, to sign up for the 2011 Coat Drive. The students helped sort through tons of winter coats for thousands of men, women, and children who might otherwise be left to freeze during the bitter winter months. The women also volunteered at a food pantry in Brooklyn where they served meals to people who lacked the funds to feed their families. Lastly, the students helped out neglected senior citizens.

“I think it was a good choice [to volunteer] because we spent our time meaningfully, not wastefully,” said Ji Young Lee. “Also, we felt happy while we were helping other people.”

Top: The students (from left to right), Miho Sato, Ji Young Lee, and Ryeo-won Lee, strike a pose in front of a New York Cares poster. Middle: Ji Young Lee playfully poses with potatoes while volunteering at the food pantry. Bottom: Ryeo-won Lee flashes a peace sign at the food pantry.


Morgan Alberts Smith '99 is the web producer and social media manager for MBC's Office of Communication, Marketing, and Public Affairs.