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Students hope to bring awareness of hunger and homelessness

Monday, November 16, 2009  
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For immediate release – 11/16/09
Contact: Chuck Brown, Communications, 815-226-3374

From a clothing drive to Thanksgiving dinner for the less fortunate, Rockford College students will be helping raise awareness of the plight of the homeless and hungry during Hunger and Homelessness Week November 16 – 20. Here’s a look at the week’s activities:

All week  
Clothing collection castle: Clothes are being brought to a cardboard castle on second floor Burpee near the mail desk. They will be donated to Carpenter’s Place.

CAN-STRUCTION: Teams of students are building masterpieces out of nonperishable food items at the Kent Center. Judging of their works of art will take place Friday, November 20 at noon. All items will be donated to the Rockford Rescue Mission. 

Informational walk: Facts about hunger and homelessness are displayed on signs on the walkway leading from Burpee to the Colman Library.

Day events
Tues., Nov. 17, Scavenger Hunt: Teams will be hunting around campus gathering listed items for a donation to the rescue mission. Talk about getting students involved while having fun. Runs from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Wed., Nov. 18, Peanut Butter Jelly Jam: Volunteers are visiting local elementary schools to make 200 PBJ sandwiches which will be divided equally and delivered to the Carpenter’s Place and the rescue mission. Runs from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. (also November 17).

Thurs., Nov. 19, noon – 2:30 p.m., Thanksgiving dinner served at Emmanuel Lutheran Church for the needy and served by RC students.

Activities for the week are being coordinated by the Jane Addams Center for Civic Engagement at RC. For more information, phone 815-394-4382.

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