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Around Thanksgiving, RC students donate time, resources in the community

Tuesday, November 23, 2010  
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For immediate release – 11/23/10
Contact: Chuck Brown, Communications – 815-226-3374

Students at Rockford College know the true meaning of Thanksgiving. They have collected canned goods for the needy, served Thanksgiving dinner to the homeless, and held a clothing drive to help clothe the underprivileged.

From building structures made out of canned food to partnering with Carpenter’s Place, a shelter for the homeless, Rockford College students have stepped up for the community’s most needy.

Lindsay Kent, director of student activities and the Jane Addams Center for Civic Engagement, a clearinghouse for volunteer activities, says community service is an important part of the college experience.

"We find students gain a lot from their engagement in the community, both from a personal standpoint, and as a way to give meaning to the issues they learn and discuss in class,” she says. 

Both the numbers of items donated and the time put in by students is impressive:
  • "CANstruction” competition brought in 1,000 non-perishable food items for the Rock River Valley Pantry.
  • Students made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in the school cafeteria for the homeless. 
  • A clothing drive helped clients at Carpenter’s Place in Rockford stay warm this winter. 
  • Students also helped clients at Carpenter’s Place with arts and crafts.
  • Rockford College students served Thanksgiving dinner to more than 120 homeless people at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Rockford. 

From projects large and small, involving many or just a few, the spirit of Thanksgiving is truly alive and well at Rockford College.

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