In a season of giving and good tidings, Friends University students and staff gave back to the community through a coat drive and two service days.
This year’s winter coat drive sponsored by Psi Chi and the Psychology Club received a record-breaking 92 donations by Friends University students, faculty and staff. The drive took place during November, and collection boxes were located throughout campus. For the past seven years, donated coats have been given to Operation Holiday.
Operation Holiday is administered by Inter-Faith Ministries in Wichita. This non-profit organization was formed in 1885 and provides shelter for the homeless, free after-school mentoring and activities for children in poverty, care for the disabled, and a Christmas program that clothes and provides food for 14,000 individuals annually. For more information about Operation Holiday, click here.
Alpha Chi sponsored a service day from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Kansas Food Bank for its members and others. Participants packed 768 “backpacks” of food for school-aged children to take home and eat on the weekend. Juice, milk, fruit cups, ham salad, granola bars, raisins, animal crackers and cereal were some of the items packed in the bags. According to the Kansas Food Bank’s Web site, Kansas ranks among the top 10 states with hunger problems, and packed bags are sometimes the only food families can rely on to eat. The Food Bank serves 32,000 people a month.
The experience was a humbling one for senior Roman Rodriguez.
“It was moving to be a part of this service project that touches people’s lives all across Kansas,” he said.
For more information on the Kansas Food Bank, click here.
Approximately 250 Friends University staff, faculty and students helped the Salvation Army prepare for its holiday distribution to needy children and families in the Wichita area Dec. 14. While the University was closed, the group assembled bikes, sorted and bagged toys and stocking stuffers, decorated the distribution facility, and more.
This year, the Kansas City Alumni Advisory Board collected more than 450 personal items and medical donations for women’s abuse shelter, SAFEHOME, from Oct. 26 to Nov. 20. The Topeka Alumni Advisory Board collected canned food and boxed donations for the Topeka Rescue Mission from Nov. 9 to Dec. 5. Both boards encouraged Friends University students to participate by holding a competition. The class at each site that donated the most items won a food prize delivered by Alumni Advisory Board members.