Season Brings Opportunities for UM-Flint Campus to Help Those in Need

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Jessie Hurse at the Mrs. Lula M. Hurse Happy Holiday Food Giveaway
Jessie Hurse at the Mrs. Lula M. Hurse Happy Holiday Food Giveaway

UM-Flint has a tradition of helping those in need within our community and on our campus. As the weather turns cold again this year, there are many opportunities to help. Collections are underway for clothes, food, and monetary donations.

The Mrs. Lula M. Hurse Happy Holiday Food Giveaway

On Friday November 21, Jessie Hurse, UM-Flint Director of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution, will honor the memory of his mother by leading the campus and surrounding community in a food give-away for families in need.

Volunteers will be needed all day to help sort and distribute food, and can join the effort beginning at 9am in the University Center lobby/circle drive. Food distribution begins at 4pm.

Department of Nursing Food and Clothing Drive

In the Department of Nursing office, you can donate can goods that are being collected by the student nurses in Cohort 39. Right next to that box, the students of Cohort BSN 42 have a clothing drive underway. A great opportunity to go through both your pantry and closets. Nursing student Tabatha Hill from Cohort 42 said the group wanted to come together to do something for the community. The clothing collection runs until December 11.

Early Childhood Development Center Food Drive

If you are closer to the Early Childhood Development Center, you can take your food donations there and help fill up the big box near the front desk. The donations will go to the Food bank of Eastern Michigan.

Cold Hands, Warm Hearts Giving Drive

The folks in Housing and Residential Life and the Women’s Education Center are sponsoring the “Cold Hands, Warm Hearts Giving Drive,” collecting various clothing items like coats, gloves, and hats to be distributed to anyone in need on the UM-Flint campus.

Collection boxes for the new or gently used item will be set up November 24 at the Student Involvement Center on the third floor of the University Center, and in the Pavilion near the administrative offices.

Adopt-a-Family Project

The Recreation Center, Department of Public Safety (DPS), and Housing and Residential Life are collecting money and gifts for the Adopt-a-family project. Steve Mayfield is the block club liaison for DPS and Housing, and Genny Carley is the point person for the Rec Center. If know of a family that could use some help this holiday season please pass the information on to Steve or Genny.

Giving Blueday

This year on Tuesday, December 2, Giving Blueday will provide a unique opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our UM-Flint students. Giving Blueday is the first university-wide day of giving at the University of Michigan-Flint and throughout the entire University of Michigan community. It is scheduled on Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving following the Thanksgiving weekend.

From midnight through 11:59 p.m. EST on December 2, the university will invite supporters worldwide to be “Victors for UM-Flint” by making donations to the scholarships, research, travel, and book and programmatic funds that help our students be successful in the classroom and beyond.

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