As Thanksgiving approaches, students at St Francis College are getting ready for the holiday season by giving back to the community.

The Student Government Association (SGA) is proud to be sponsoring a food, coat, and military families care package drive with the campus ministry. Collection is currently taking place at the Campus Ministry booth on the second floor and will continue until December 9.

“Before I guess, the school has always just been like ‘oh, Thanksgiving is coming by, the holiday is coming by, so lets do something’, but this year we decided that we’re gonna do something as a community,” SGA President Elizabeth Peralta said.

On December 3, there will be a Women’s opener basketball game and whoever brings the most for the drives will be recognized with SFC Gear from the SGA.

“We’re trying to make ways that the school promotes helping others, but also engages the students in student life on campus,” Peralta said.

All food collected in the food drive will be donated to CHIPS, a local shelter and soup kitchen.

“In the past years, SGA has worked with them, and campus ministry is working with them now, they volunteer,” Peralta said. “We wanted to pick somewhere that we continually work with, part of unity in the community is a consistency.”

The Care Package Drive will be collecting socks, shirts, toiletries, snacks, games, and reading materials. These will help soldiers overseas and thank them for serving our country.

Lightly used coats will be accepted at the Coat Drive. As it gets colder, jackets become a necessity to keep warm and healthy.

Almost 15 percent of Americans are living in poverty and it is difficult for them to buy a new coat, according to the organization One Warm Coat.

While the holiday season is a time to celebrate, there are many people who need our help to make the season hopeful.

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