College Feeds 75 Families
Students at Holy Cross College, along with the help of the St. Vincent DePaul Society of South Bend, selected 75 families in the Michiana area to receive Thanksgiving dinner baskets. These baskets included everything to feed a family in a traditional holiday feast. "At $45 per basket, our fundraising goal was to exceed $3,200 in donations from faculty, parents, alumni, neighbors, students and friends of the college," said Ethan Tanis, President of the Social Concerns Committee. "This recession has been difficult for many local families, so we wanted to raise 15 percent more than last year," he continued.
Students filled dozens of shopping carts with turkey, stuffing, yams, cranberry sauce, canned vegetables, dinner rolls, pumpkin pie and other goodies at the Meijer on Portage Road. "We are extremely grateful for the help Meijer provided for this project. They donated 75 turkeys and gave discounts on all other purchases.
Assembly of the baskets took place in Holy Cross College's Pfeil Center on Monday, November 22nd. Delivery followed using the school bus as well as student and faculty cars.
It was a cold, rainy night for the delivery volunteers, but the warm reception they received at each house and apartment they visited with a Thanksgiving basket kept spirits high.
This is the 9th year the Social Concerns Committee at Holy Cross raised money for this special project. Donations may be mailed to the Social Concerns Committee, Holy Cross College, PO Box 308, Notre Dame, IN 46556-0308.