Thanksgiving Thank You: PSU Helped 174 Families

December 6th, 2011 by blyndes

Plymouth, N.H.–Thanks to the collaboration of the PSU community, 174 struggling families (over 800 people) in Plymouth and 10 surrounding towns received Thanksgiving baskets after a record-setting $6,000 in donations were collected for the annual project.

PSU volunteers prepare to deliver Thanksgiving baskets.

The event culminated a two-week long fundraising period and drew fifty volunteers, including more than 30 PSU students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members who provided each family with a basket containing a frozen turkey, pie, potatoes, rolls, stuffing mix, cranberry sauce and canned vegetables. The group delivered the baskets November 21. The coordinators of this project for the University were Kathy Tardif, Catholic Campus Minister and Kree Woolley and Preston Fuller, United Campus Ministers. Tardif said the unprecedented effort was heartening.

“This year, so many people who had never needed help with food before found themselves in difficult circumstances,” Tardif said. “Students, faculty, staff, and alumni of Plymouth State were more than happy to step up and help them out, financially if they could or by delivering baskets. The Plymouth State community truly cares about the greater Plymouth community.”

“This annual project helps students get out of their bubble of campus life and not only serve the community but meet community members,” Tardif added. “That personal contact transforms attitudes and lives. Students now have families beyond their own to care about and consider each time they eat a meal or hear about families who are struggling to make ends meet. And folks in the community meet some of the many wonderful, open-hearted students residing in their midst. The word ‘thanksgiving’ takes on a deeper meaning for both sets of people.”

27 Highland Ave., Inc., a PSU alumni organization, collaborated for a second year in a row on this project, funding a substantial part of the food and, with the PSU students they mentor, provided a significant amount of the manpower.

Sodexo, the food service vendor at PSU, provided the facilities for storing the food and staging the effort at Prospect Dining Hall, with many Sodexho employees graciously volunteering.

University Police assisted in delivering baskets and also helped volunteers get the deliveries out of staging area.

For more information about this
release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU News Services Mgr., or (603) 535-2775

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