November 19, 2018
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Mount Saint Mary College student volunteers pack up donations during the college’s annual Thanksgiving food drive on Monday, November 19.
Mount Saint Mary College students donated a whopping $2,000-plus worth of food on Monday, November 19, helping to feed local people in need this Thanksgiving.
Mount students, faculty, and staff collected and delivered the food to Newburgh’s Loaves and Fishes program for distribution to local families. The initiative was spearheaded by the college’s Campus Ministry, the Athletics Department, the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and many student and staff volunteers.
Through a “coin war” wherein each undergraduate class worked to collect as many donations as possible, the Mount community amassed $1,859.36 over five days. This is the highest total on record for the yearly food drive.
Student volunteers used the money to purchase food for donation on Monday morning, in addition to items collected on campus over the last three weeks.
Fr. Gregoire Fluet, director of Campus Ministry and Mount chaplain, thanked the Mount community for their generosity.
“I’m very proud of what we’ve all done,” he said. “This shows us what Mount Saint Mary College is about: People coming together to do good.”
Lisa Alvarez, director of Admissions for Graduate Programs and Adult Degree Completion at the Mount, joined the committee for Newburgh’s Loaves and Fishes program and acted as a liaison between the two organizations.
“Our students have been wonderful,” said Alvarez. “It’s really exciting to see the good work they’ve done.”
Employees from Alvarez’s office will be on-hand on Tuesday, November 20 to help sort and distribute the food to the public, she said.
“The Dominican Sisters built this college on the foundation of service, education, community, and faith [the Four Pillars of Dominican life], so this is all building upon their work,” she noted. “We want to continue their legacy of service.”
In addition to the food drive, the Mount’s Campus Ministry recently began collecting toys to be donated to local people in need. Last year, the annual “Giving Tree” event collected and distributed more than 650 gifts for the children of Newburgh. Mount students are hoping to donate just as many – or more – this holiday season.