Norfolk State Students Help Give to Families
on Thanksgiving Holiday by Delivering Free Meals
(NSU Newsroom—November 27, 2013)—Students and faculty from several of Norfolk State University’s schools and colleges helped deliver meals to families or donated food at local food banks for the Thanksgiving holiday.
This week, more than 30 students from the three Living Learning Communities (Honors College, Hope Academy, and Dozoretz National Institute for Mathematics and Applied Sciences), along with representatives from the Student Affairs Office prepared complete dinner boxes in the James A. Bowser Building for 50 families who live at the Spartan Village. The complete boxes included fresh vegetables, dried goods and each family received a frozen turkey.
Dr. Eleanor Hoy, retention czar at Norfolk State, said the students, faculty and staff helped to raise more than $1,000 to help feed residents who needed assistance. She said several other student groups heard about the effort and also helped prepare dinner boxes.
“We feel like Spartan Village is a part of us,” Hoy said. “We wanted to make sure everyone over there had a chance to have a good Thanksgiving.
Students packed frozen turkeys inside several sport utility vehicles, stapled recipes and wrote kind messages on each box that wished individuals who later received the meals a happy Thanksgiving.
Lauren Robinson, 19, of Richmond, a sophomore elementary education major, packed boxes with fresh carrots, collard greens and yams. She said it felt good to help others.
“There is a certain feeling you get when you help other people,” Robinson said. “It reminds you that the world is bigger than you.”
Other NSU students also participated in community service projects prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.
This week, students and faculty from the Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work donated 115 pounds of food to the Southeastern Virginia Food Bank, said Carrie Waites, who directs the baccalaureate social work program at the school.
Waites said members from the Whitney Young Social Work Club at NSU provided meals to 15 families from the Brambleton Community Outreach Center. They also provided meals to four families with children who attend Campostella Elementary School.