November 21, 2023

Students helping students: Dozens of Thanksgiving baskets donated in annual food drive

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Several students assisted in the creation of baskets full of Thanksgiving food to help students in need this holiday season. 

Anita Dixon can’t say enough about the generosity of her fellow Schoolcraft College students.

The Nursing student who lives in Taylor recently stopped by the Waterman Wing of the Vistatech Center and picked up one of several dozen Thanksgiving baskets being prepared by Student Activities. The basket, full of delicious items such as stuffing, sweet potatoes, a turkey and pumpkin pie, was a blessing to have during a time where the assistance was appreciated. 

“I think it’s very kind and very generous. They’re so friendly,” she said. “It’s very generous of them to give their time.”

Several dozen baskets were prepared by the Student Activities Office to help out those needing some holiday cheer this Thanksgiving. An annual tradition, students and staff assembled the boxes and distributed them Nov. 20, enough time for those students who were selected for a basket to begin preparations for Thanksgiving dinner. 

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Schoolcraft College students help pack Thanksgiving baskets Nov. 20 outside the Vistatech Center. 

Noah Walters, one of the students helping to assemble and distribute the baskets, said this was his first time assisting with the Thanksgiving drive at the College. 

“I wanted to help the community,” he said. “It’s just been great to see the people’s faces light up. Even if they can’t provide the home-cooked meal that they want, they can still get a good meal for Thanksgiving.”

The items were purchased using money raised from several fundraisers throughout the year, including Empty Bowls and other charitable drives ran by the Schoolcraft College Foundation. Money also donated to the College for the food pantry also assisted with the drive, and the Culinary Arts Department donated the turkeys for each basket.

Todd Stowell, director of the Student Activities Office, said the drive is a great way for students to help one another during the holiday season.

“Students helping students is truly a great thing to see, and Schoolcraft College has some of the most giving students around,” he said. “I’m proud of the work our students do to help each other and am glad we can help them celebrate the season with a full Thanksgiving meal.”

To donate to the Schoolcraft College food pantry, bring non-perishable items to the Student Activities Office in the lower level of the Vistatech Center. For more information, contact the Student Activities Office at 734-462-4422.

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