Kim Silcox, director of Eastern’s Center for Community Engagement (CCE), extends a hearty thanks to everyone who contributed to Eastern’s Holiday Food Drive. The drive collected 4,873 items for area food pantries and shelters! “Because of our students, faculty, staff and volunteers, families and individuals will have access to meal items this winter. The drive was a collaborative effort, and I thank everyone for their generosity,” said Silcox.
Some of the highlights of the drive included students contributing 1,115 items at the Campus Police Department’s “Open Rec Night”; Kinesiology and Physical Education Professor Nanette Tummers engaging participants in Friday Yoga, where they donated food and personal care items; Constitution Hall and Mead Hall students donating 532 items; Jay Budahazy, father of Jason Budahazy ’09, who started the Day of Giving, donated 325 items when he came to the Day of Giving celebration; Gelsi-Young Hall staff picked up food items every week; Center for Family and Development Resource Center conducted a food drive with their families and staff and donated more than 110 items to the Covenant Soup Kitchen; and CCE food drives every weekend in November, netted 2,531 items at area grocery stores.
ODK School Supplies Drive
Omicron Delta Kappa’s executive board presents the results of its fundraising efforts for its holiday season school supply drive for Windham Middle School. Left to right are Jessica DeFelice-president; Gabby Wrobel, treasurer; Erin Strickland, public relations; Erin Drouin, secretary and Alexis Apel, vice president.
Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), Eastern’s leadership honor society, coordinated a school supply drive on campus for teachers in the local Willimantic area, collecting a large quantity of school supplies for teachers at Windham Middle School who are in dire need of classroom resources.
ODK President Jessica DeFelice said, “ODK wanted to make a difference in our local community by helping young students prepare to succeed in school. We were ecstatic to see the incredible feedback and donations we received from the campus community.”
ODK is committed to leadership and service to Eastern’s campus and surrounding community. With the help of students, faculty and staff, ODK will now be able to offer many useful supplies to area teachers to enhance the learning in their classrooms for children at Windham Middle School.
On Dec. 7-8, members of the Eastern community donated 126 pints of blood and helped save 378 lives during the Red Cross blood drive at Eastern. More than 140 students, faculty and staff participated, and more than 50 students stuck around to volunteer at the drive.
“Because of these wonderful volunteers, we were not only able to fill all the blood drive slots, we were also able to keep all of our donors fed and entertained,” said Nancy Brennan, coordinator of the event and administrative assistant with the Campus Ministry. Dominos donated pizza on both days, and Eastern’s Campus Ministry and Center for Community Engagement donated the ingredients for chocolate chip pancakes.
The next blood drives are scheduled for Feb. 1–2 and Feb. 9. Schedule your appointment by going to redcrossblood.org (code Eastern) or by contacting Nancy Brennan at (860) 423-0856 or at email@example.com. Walk-ins are always welcome. Your gift of life will make a difference to someone in need.