Students and Staff Give Generously at Thanksgiving

Volunteers from the SHU community distribute Thanksgiving food at St. Charles in Bridgeport.

News Story: November 20, 2012

As is the case every year, Sacred Heart University’s Student Government team set a goal to exceed last year’s donation of turkeys. In this, its third year of running the Campus-Wide Turkey Drive, the goal was $11,000 and 800 turkeys, which would surpass last year’s total of 750 birds. They succeeded easily – raising enough to donate 900 turkeys to those who might otherwise go without a Thanksgiving meal.  

To reach their aggressive goal, Student Government planned multiple fundraisers both on and off campus. Their online donation site was the biggest source of income, and the group sent messages to the Sacred Heart community, as well as family and friends. “We also reach out to various groups, sports teams, clubs, Greek life, academic departments and the Fairfield community to make donations on behalf of their organizations,” said Alexa Wrinn, who spearheaded this year’s campaign. To further promote the cause, Tommy the Turkey wandered the campus offering to take pictures with students, staff and faculty to help raise awareness and money. Frozen yogurt shop, 16 Handles, was generous in allowing students to host two fundraisers this year. They donated 10 percent of their day’s profits on November 6 and 15 to the turkey drive.

The turkeys are donated to Bridgeport Rescue Mission and the Alpha Community House by volunteers from Student Government, the Athletic Department and Volunteer Programs.

“The turkey drive has been so successful because of the generous people from Sacred Heart, their families and the Fairfield community. Every year they pull through, and we are able to donate even more turkeys and help more families,” said Wrinn.

Volunteer Programs is also working to help those in need during the holiday season. The team has worked to collect both food and coats to be donated to various organizations. The food goes to the St. Charles food pantry and other organizations in the area that will provide warm meals on Thanksgiving Day. The coats will go to those impacted by Hurricane Sandy and to Project Homeless Connect, which services homeless individuals.

“It is so important for each and every Sacred Heart student to join as a community, because we have neighbors who need our help. Not everyone in need lives far away; service and solidarity start just down the street with individuals and families in Bridgeport. No one single person can fix a problem, but together we can make an enormous impact,” said Student Body President Mia James.

To view additional photos from St. Charles, click HERE.