SHU Food Donations to Help Feed 500 Area Families at Thanksgiving

News Story: November 1, 2010
Cole Kowalski, left, and Deborah Samilenko of SHU's IT Department, brought food donations to the Chapel.

Like a classic cornucopia, gift baskets filled with food and beverages spilled out of the sanctuary in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit on Wednesday, November 17th, as the University community gathered for its traditional interfaith Thanksgiving service. The provisions assembled over the past several weeks will be donated to the St. Charles Food Pantry in Bridgeport, a long-term partner with the University in addressing the needs of the urban poor.

The service included prayers and readings offered by students and members of the staff who were joined by Imam Nasif Muhammad of the Al-Aziz Islamic Center. Music was provided by , director of choral programs, at the pipe organ, and Cantor Allegra De Vita, with members of the University’s Liturgical Choir. Even as the service got underway, students kept hauling in bags and boxes of non-perishable foods and placing them before the main altar of the majestic Chapel.

Dawn Doucette-Kaplan thanked the crowd for their generosity.

The collection efforts were coordinated by the University’s Office of Volunteer Programs. Dawn Doucette-Kaplan, coordinator of Volunteer Programs, thanked the University’s students and faculty for their “incredible” generosity at this special time of year and noted that the holiday packages would be on their way to the food pantry a short time after the service was over.  In addition to these efforts, the Student Government Association has been running a campus-wide turkey drive throughout the month of November. They have raised over $5,400 so far, providing enough money to purchase approximately 380 turkeys.