For Immediate Release
December 10, 2013
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BROCKPORT, NY—As the fall semester draws to a close, The College at Brockport, State University of New York, is choosing to celebrate the holidays by aiding those who are less fortunate. The Brockport community concluded its annual Seasons of Gratitude campaign Dec. 5, as it collected and sorted items that had been donated to help those in need.
The Seasons of Gratitude campaign focuses on domestic poverty and education, which allows a broad cross-section of students, faculty, staff and community partners to build key relationships, coordinate food collection and distribute goods to the areas of greatest need.
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 put together with all the essentials that would allow a family to prepare a traditional holiday meal. Gift cards were provided so that perishable ingredients could be purchased. The community also built household laundry baskets and personal care bags.
Together, the Brockport community donated more than 250 food items, more than 100 household items and nearly 300 personal care items. It also generated more than $300 in monetary support. Brockport community members were able to nominate students who they thought were in need of assistance to participate in the program. Leftover donations were dispersed to Village residents in need.
“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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