November 05, 2013
Psychology professor Lawrence Force’s class recently donated
more than $300 to aid Colorado flood victims. Photo by Sara
It’s nearly Thanksgiving, but it doesn’t take a holiday to spark
Mount Saint Mary College students’ generosity.
When Colorado was slammed by massive flooding early this
semester, all it took was a text message from Mount alumna Alanna
Cappello ’12 to get students fired up in psychology professor
Lawrence Force’s social casework class.
“I can't believe what the people in Colorado are going through,”
said Cappello. “What can we do for them to help?”
In less than a week, the class gathered more than $300 for food
and water donations.
In a previous effort spearheaded by Force’s students,
the Mount amassed and donated around 2,200 pairs of new socks to
those struggling in Hurricane Sandy’s wake; and a shoe drive
sponsored by the Mount’s campus ministry collected more than dozens
of pairs of shoes.
When communities are in need, explained Force, “The Mount
The MSMC Serves initiative, campus ministry’s service learning
and community outreach program with campus-wide participation, has
been highly successful since its inception this year. Students
recently collected more than 75 coats, sweaters, and jackets, as
well as dozens of hats, mittens, and scarves, to be given to
Newburgh Ministry, a local charitable organization.
Right: Newburgh resident Patricia Harbin ‘13, who studied
English and human services at Mount Saint Mary College, delivered
more than two dozen shoes collected by students to the Church of
God by Faith in Newburgh, NY.
“Newburgh Ministry was thrilled to receive the bags full of
winter items our community was able to provide,” explained
Alexander J. LaPoint, assistant director of campus ministry.
Last Thanksgiving, Mount students provided more than 500 pounds
of food for Newburgh’s Loaves and Fishes program, feeding hundreds.
This year, said LaPoint, students are hoping to exceed their past
generosity – and the public is invited to help.
Campus ministry is seeking donations of instant mashed potatoes;
stuffing mix; canned vegetables, black beans, fruit, gravy, sweet
potatoes and yams; and bagged rice. Food items can be dropped off
though November 22 between 9 am and 5 pm at campus ministry, in
Hudson Hall, 330 Powell Avenue, Newburgh, NY.
More than 50 percent of Mount students engage in community
service as part of their coursework, or through club or team
“At Mount Saint Mary College, according to our mission, we are
to educate the whole person,” said Fr. Francis Amodio, O.Carm,
Mount chaplain and director of campus ministry. “When they graduate
from the Mount, service will be a value which they would naturally
share in their communities.”
Left to right: Brandon Annabel, a senior biology student on the
pre-med track from Kingston, NY, who spearheaded the recent MSMC
Serves coat drive; Sr. Norma Carney, PBVM of Newburgh Ministry; and
Alexander J. LaPoint, assistant director of the Mount’s campus