Members of the Habitat for Humanity Club at Hinsdale South High School met after school to brighten up their club T-shirts.
The club decided to tie-dye the white shirts they purchased with the club logo in black.
“Everyone needs a tie-dyed shirt,” said the club sponsor, Laura Carey, who teaches family and consumer science.
Besides wearing them when they are volunteering, the students can wear them during spirit week or on ’60s and ’70s themed days at school, Carey said.
The students used a tie-dying kit that included squeeze bottles of dye, rubber bands and instructions on how to twist the shirt and hold it with the rubber bands to create specific patterns. Because the dye has to set for 24 hours, the students took the damp shirts home in plastic bags to wash.
Carey said she warned the group, “Don’t wash them with your mom’s best stuff for awhile.”
Recently, the Habitat club has volunteered more frequently at PADS overnight homeless shelters than they have at home construction sites.
The members prepare a meal in the school’s consumer science kitchens and take it to serve the same evening at a PADS site, such as the First Church of Lombard.
The students volunteer to bring the ingredients for the meals. The dishes that have proven the most popular are meat loaf with cheesy potatoes and chicken divan with Alfredo sauce.
“And the people there love vegetables because they don’t get enough fresh fruits and vegetables,” Carey said.
Stephanie Spytek, a senior from Darien, said the people they saw at the shelter do not fit the stereotype of a homeless person. Men in business suits and families with young children were among the guests they served.
“They are so thankful for the dinners,” Spytek said. “And it’s a reality check to see what people don’t have and be grateful for what you have.”
“It feels great to help,” sophomore Nevaeh Allston said. “It reminds you to take great pride in what you have and what you have been given.”