Eastern to Host 10th Annual Day of Giving

Written by Michael Rouleau

day of giving dessertWillimantic, Conn. – More than 700 members of the Willimantic community are expected to visit Eastern Connecticut State University on Nov. 23 for the 10th annual Day of Giving. The event will take place in Hurley Hall, where the campus community is expected to serve a record number of Thanksgiving meals to lower-income community members. Food will be served from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

day of giving mascott (002)Eastern students, faculty and staff will volunteer to serve food and clean up after the event, with food provided and prepared by Chartwells, Eastern’s food service contractor. Additional sponsors include the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) and the ECSU Foundation, Inc., which donated turkeys and will fund bus transportation for guests.

The Day of Giving was created in 2007 by Jason Budahazy ’09, and has since become an established event in Willimantic during the holiday season.

For the four weeks leading up to the event, the CCE conducted food drives to support local food pantries, including the Covenant Soup Kitchen and Salvation Army in Willimantic. Area grocery stores that participated include Willimantic Food Co-op, Bob’s IGA and Norwich Stop and Shop. In total, more than 2,100 canned food items were collected and more than $1,400 were donated. The Eastern community also participated in an on-campus food drive, collecting more than 2,700 food items, with donations still coming in.

Members of the media are encouraged to attend the Day of Giving. For more information, contact Michael Rouleau at (860) 465-0172 or rouleaum@easternct.edu.