Thursday, December 11, 2008JOHNSON CITY – The successful 2008 Holiday Food Drive was a rewarding endeavor for students, staff and faculty at East Tennessee State University, who collected enough foodstuffs to fill 301 baskets and raised $5,483 in monetary donations to provide $10 Food City gift cards.
Approximately 15 campus staff and student volunteers, including a retired faculty member, worked side-by-side in the Wayne G. Basler Center for Physical Activity for four hours over two consecutive days sorting through items and filling all the food baskets. In addition to canned goods, stuffing mix and other nonperishables, the campus drive also enabled recipients to purchase fresh foods with their grocery gift cards.
ETSU Staff Senate President-elect Jamie Simmons chaired the massive initiative spanning the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season. She said the success of the Holiday Food Drive, coordinated annually under the Staff Senate’s guidance, is due to the generosity of the Faculty Senate, individual faculty, staff and others, and the cooperation of student organizations and the Student Government Association.
The food baskets and gift cards were given to qualifying ETSU employees and students, as well as ETSU Families First participants, the Washington County School System, Tennessee Early Intervention, Elizabethton and Johnson City hospices, Safe Passage Women’s Shelter, and other “families in our community.”
The extra donated funds also provided Food City gift cards to 90 ETSU students who have children in ETSU’s Little Bucs Student Child Care Center, as well as 25 cards to ETSU employees, and another six food cards to ETSU employees on extended sick leave.