Gobble Giving event feeds families
Friday, October 26, 2007
By Alison Roberts
Oklahoma Christian University students and alumni will be asked to unite in service to the community during the 2007 OklaHomecoming festivities. The Student Alumni Council created a food drive called “Gobble Giving” that will support the City Rescue Mission’s Thanksgiving holiday food drive.
“This is such an easy way for us to make a difference,” Student Alumni Council Vice President Kerri Henry said.
During Thanksgiving, City Rescue Mission has two programs requiring more specific donations than other times of the year.
“Thanks for Giving” is a food drive that distributes family-sized thanksgiving boxes including turkeys, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, green beans, sweet potatoes, cake mix and frosting, sugar, tea and coffee.
The Great Thanksgiving Banquet and worship service, serving more than 800 homeless men, women and children, is held on Thanksgiving Day in the City Rescue Mission facility.
The Student Alumni Council hopes everyone involved in the University’s homecoming will donate non-perishable foods used to provide holiday meals to the less fortunate.
“There will be [collection] boxes in the dorms and in the SGA office,” Henry said.
Contributions of green beans or cranberry sauce will be accepted for admission to the homecoming concert featuring the up-and-coming rock/pop band, Ingram Hill.
Clubs will also have an opportunity to earn homecoming points through their combined giving, according to Student Alumni Council President Amber Grubb.
“We are collecting non-perishables during the week,” Grubb said. “A prize of five extra points will be given to the club who brings the most.”
Alumni are being notified about the drive via e-mail and postcard mail-outs.
Non-perishables that are especially needed during this time include pumpkin pie filling, evaporated milk, sugar, stuffing mix, instant mashed potatoes, packaged gravy, tea, coffee, canned cranberry sauce, canned green beans, canned sweet potatoes, cake mix, frosting and Bisquick or Jiffy Mix.
The City Rescue Mission has been serving the needs of Oklahoma City’s less fortunate since 1960, according to its official Web site. In addition to its food pantry, City Rescue Mission provides shelter, clothing, medical and dental assistance, and Biblically-based recovery programs.
Counseling programs assist homeless in legal, housing and documentation matters as well as assistance in job placement, obtaining social security, Medicaid and food stamps.