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WSC Students Provide Meals For Local Holiday Food Drives

Posted: 20 November, 2012

WAYNE - Wayne State College S.P.O.R.T.S. Club members spent part of the morning on Nov. 16 sorting food as about 20 students packaged 45 Thanksgiving bags to be handed out to those in need in the community at First Presbyterian Church in Wayne.

S.P.O.R.T.S. Club partnered with the church, the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Wayne school system to provide the holiday meals. WSC students found a way to give back to the community this Thanksgiving holiday by holding a food drive consisting of all the necessities of a Thanksgiving dinner including canned vegetables, stuffing, potatoes and even a full turkey.
The club partnered with the Wayne elementary school and the Presbyterian Church to provide thirty-five families within the school a meal for Thanksgiving. The club also donated food to ten families through the Haven House in Wayne. After collecting food throughout the month of November members of the club gathered on Friday, November, 16th at the Presbyterian Church to sort the food.
The National Turkey Federation helped the S.P.O.R.T.S. Club by providing the turkeys for the families. Randy Pedersen, owner of the Diamond Center in Wayne and member of the National Wild Turkey Federation, also found it critical to help those in need this Thanksgiving season by donating a turkey to be handed out with each bag of food. "I chose to get involved with this project because it gives me the opportunity to help the community," Pedersen stated, "Wayne State College students and faculty need to be recognized for the good work they do for the community."
Wayne State S.P.O.R.T.S. Club members, led by WSC instructor Jeff Meyer, donated and collected various food items over the course of the past few weeks in preparation for Friday's food drive. "Opportunities like this allow S.P.O.R.T.S. Club members to participate in humanitarian projects," Meyer said, "it is also good to see that we can help local families."
Jill Pickinpaugh, Principal of Wayne Elementary, found that this charitable project would be a great way to help some of her students that are in need of food this holiday season.  "Jeff contacted me with concerns for elementary families having enough food for the holidays," said Pickinpaugh, "My job was to decide on families in the school with the most need and give them instructions to come to the church on Saturday, November 17 from 9:00-12:00."
S.P.O.R.T.S stands for Students Pursuing Occupations Related to Sport. Members consist of students with a major or minor in Sport Management at Wayne State College. For any other information regarding S.P.O.R.T.S. Club, please contact Jeff Meyer at (402) 375-7127. S.P.O.R.T.S. Club looks forward to continuing to partner with local community members in giving back positively to the Wayne community.

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