WASHINGTON – As the holiday season gets underway, Howard University students, faculty and staff are spreading cheer to families and children in need in the region by leading or supporting projects that share the spirit of the season.
Many campus organizations are feeding the hungry, coordinating gift and clothing giveaways, participating in community service events and collecting monetary donations for local food banks.
The Howard University Radio Network kicked off the season of giving on Tuesday, Nov. 19, with its 36th annual Thanksgiving fundraiser, “Food2Feed.” The 12-hour radiothon raised more than $101,000 and filled a tractor-trailer full of canned foods to feed families in need for Thanksgiving.
The donations, including those from corporate sponsors, elected leaders, civic organizations, social clubs and ordinary residents, are expected to help more than 633,000 residents in the Washington metropolitan area. The funds will be used to purchase and assemble baskets of food, complete with a turkey and all the trimmings, for distribution by The Capital Area Food Bank and Shabach Ministries, Inc.
On Friday, Nov. 22, the Office of the Dean of the Chapel hosted its Angel Tree Project Gift Wrapping Party where donations were wrapped as volunteers enjoyed food and music at Cramton Auditorium. The donations will be distributed to children, ages 6-12. Donations are still being accepted through Dec. 2. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dozens of students also gathered at the Bell Multicultural High School on Saturday to assemble food baskets and goods for families in need during the 2013 Project Giveback Community Service event, hosted by the Office of Residence Life.
But Thanksgiving would not be complete without a celebration at “home.” Since many students find themselves on campus during the holiday, the University is hosting the Howard University Thanksgiving Bashon Thursday, Nov. 28, at 1 p.m. in the Bethune Annex Cafeteria and Seminar Room. More than 300 students are expected to attend for food, fun and games.
Attendees will get a little closer to home thanks to a video-conferencing area where students will be able to use Skype, Google Hangout and FaceTime to connect with their families during Thanksgiving dinner.
“This is an important outreach, as many students cannot afford to travel to their homes during the break due to distance, finances or other circumstances,” said Bernard Richardson, Ph.D., dean of the Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel. “This event is a catalyst that affirms the vision of the Chapel’s outreach of deeper in faith wider in community.”
The Howard University Thanksgiving Bash is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the Chapel, the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Sodexo and the Friends of the Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel.