For Immediate Release
December 6, 2012
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BROCKPORT, NY—The College at Brockport, State University of New York, community is using the holiday season as a time to give back. The Brockport community wrapped up its Seasons of Gratitude campaign Dec. 6, as it collected and sorted items that had been donated to help those in need.
Seasons of Gratitude is an element of the College’s involvement in United States President Barack Obama’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge. Brockport’s involvement in the national initiative focuses on domestic poverty and education. Seasons of Gratitude engages faculty, staff, students, and community partners to collect food and other items of need and distribute them to individuals who need them most.
Individuals, as well as clubs, departments, organizations, and residence halls were invited to participate in a number of different elements of the campaign. Holiday food baskets were built by filling an aluminum turkey pan with the key ingredients to prepare a traditional holiday dinner, in addition to a gift card that could be used to purchase the perishable ingredients. The community was also asked to build household laundry baskets and personal care bags.
In total, the community donated more than 600 food items and more than 800 personal care and household items.
Brockport community members were able to nominate students who they thought were in need of assistance to participate in the program. Any leftover donations will be dispersed in the Brockport village community.
“Our overall focus is to increase awareness that poverty and hunger are issues in our community and we want to combat that,” says Rich Harris, Brockport’s coordinator of service and community building. “It also aims to remind us that we are fortunate, and to give back to those who are less so.”
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