Written by Brian Novack
Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University will hold its fourth annual Day of Giving food drive for people who would otherwise go hungry on Thanksgiving. The Day of Giving will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Nov. 24 in Hurley Hall, located on Eastern's North Campus.
People Helping People, a student club at Eastern, currently runs the Day of Giving, which was originally created in 2007 by Eastern alumnus, Jason Budahazy '09. People Helping People (PHP) President Amy Gorman '11 is organizing this year's Day of Giving. Gorman receives support from local stores, Eastern's Honors Club, OLAS, Eastern's Center for Community Engagement, Office of Institutional Advancement and Chartwells Dining Services.
Gorman devotes herself to the food drives, which are held over the five weekends before Thanksgiving. "One food pantry told us that the food collected through the Day of Giving food drives supplied them with food for more than eight months. With the economy being so bad these past few years, more and more people are turning toward local food pantries for help. But with the help of our generous community, we can provide the amount of food our local pantries need."
The Day of Giving food drives are held in Eastern's residence halls and in local stores such as Better Value, Ted's IGA, Willimantic Co-Op, Windham IGA and Wal-Mart. Eastern student clubs, sports teams and residence halls volunteer to help with the food drives, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the following dates: Oct. 30 at Ted's IGA in Hebron; Oct. 31 at Willimantic Co-Op; Nov. 6, 7, 13 and 14 at Wal-Mart in Windham. Times and places are being arranged for food drives on Nov. 20 and Nov. 21.
The final part of Day of Giving is the meal itself, a Thanksgiving meal with all of the usual carvings and fixings. Last year, Eastern served nearly 400 people in the local community.
"I help run the Day of Giving because I see it as an extremely important event for our community," said Gorman. "Day of Giving brings everyone closer together on a holiday that is all about giving."
For more information, contact Kimberly Silcox, at (860) 465-4426 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.