Last week on social media, I saw a reverse advent calendar that had you put an item of food in a box each day and then give that box to a food pantry on Christmas Eve. I loved the idea, so I gave it a Thanksgiving twist so my friends in the Learning Resources Department and I could help out our local food banks before and after the Thanksgiving rush.
Of course, we would be happy to have others at the College join in the fun! Below is our Countdown to Thanksgiving Food Drive list which provides inspiration to give thanks each day from November 1 until we break for Thanksgiving by adding an item of food each day to a collection box. Each campus Library has a collection box or boxes set up and will give donated items to a local food pantry.
Collection Box Locations
Palatka Campus Library - items will go to Heart of Putnam
St. Augustine Campus Library, Admin office, H building, and J building - items will go to the St. Francis House & Port in the Storm. They have some unique needs due to their grab & go lunch program. They need items that are pre-packaged into single servings like:
Orange Park Campus Library - items will go to The Clothes Closet & Food Pantry
You don’t need to drop something off every day, of course, nor do you have to stick exactly to the list – that’s just a bit of fun
Thank you for reading. I am truly thankful to work with such wonderful people and for such amazing students!
Dr. Christina Will, Dean of Learning Resources
Many thanks to the Palatka Campus Student Nursing Association for bringing us this gorgeous donation box!
And while we're taking a moment to give thank for what we have, let's give a literal thanks to the people around us! Tear off a Gratitude Tab and give it to someone to show your appreciation. Many thanks to our friends at SJR State Green Dot for providing this! There are copies posted around the libraries or you can print your own!