The Catholic University of America

Nov. 20, 2007

CUA Students Donate 102 Bags of Thanksgiving Groceries for Area Elderly

Student volunteers sort through bags of groceries in the Campus Ministry office that were donated to Emmaus Services for the Aging.
CUA students delivered 102 bags of Thanksgiving groceries on Nov. 19 to Emmaus Services for the Aging in Northwest D.C., where seniors are able to pick up the food today to take it home to prepare for Thursday's holiday. The students also dropped off 17 pumpkin pies for a hot-food run that Emmaus will provide to homebound seniors on Thanksgiving Day.

The Thanksgiving Project was one of many ways CUA students, faculty and staff observed National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week during the week of Nov. 11. The activities of the week were organized by Campus Ministry's Social Justice Committee and also included clothing drives, volunteer opportunities at soup kitchens, discussions led by former homeless individuals, a 24-hour fast and participation in the Help the Homeless Walk-a-thon.

Students picked up shopping lists at Campus Ministry and the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center last week and took to the aisles of local supermarkets to purchase the groceries needed to fill the bags. Each bag contained all the fixings for Thanksgiving dinners, including green beans, bread, cranberry sauce, stuffing, onions, potatoes, gravy, corn, non-perishable desserts, and of course, gift cards for turkeys.

In addition to students donating groceries, the collections at the Campus Ministry Masses on Sunday, Nov. 11, were also designated to purchase additional bags of food. Campus Ministry has conducted a similar collection for more than five years, but this is the first year the results have been donated to Emmaus Services.

"I was so pleased with what we raised," said freshman Thomas Nellson, an international business and finance major from Wilmington, Mass., one of many students who took part in the effort. "And to think students filled these bags that cost $25 to $35 - especially around the holiday season - it's pretty awesome."