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Helping Halls 2012 Begins Food Collection

Helping Halls, a program that has led Arkansas Tech University students to donate 1,380 holiday meals for those in need over the past five years, is back for 2012.

Helping Halls, a program that has led Arkansas Tech University students to donate 1,380 holiday meals for those in need over the past five years, is back for 2012.

Between now and Nov. 14, Arkansas Tech students living in university housing will collect food kits consisting of the following items and prepare the kits for donation to the Salvation Army:

  • Turkey gravy (canned or mix)
  • Canned sweet potatoes
  • Green beans
  • Corn
  • Cranberries
  • Pie filling
  • Stuffing mix
  • Boxed mashed potatoes mix
  • Marshmallows
  • Pie crust

The food kits must be returned to the Wilson Hall lobby between 8:30-10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14. The donated food will be delivered to the Salvation Army office on Weir Road in Russellville that morning and distributed to those in need on Nov. 19 in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Each residence hall at Arkansas Tech has been assigned a population-based goal for the program. The residence hall that collects the highest percentage of its goal will receive a $100 prize to be awarded to its agency account.

For more information about Helping Halls 2012, send e-mail to Weston Clark (wclark4@atu.edu) or Erica Franklin (efranklin1@atu.edu). Students in university housing may also contact their resident assistant for more details.

The John Tucker Chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary at Arkansas Tech, which coordinates the charitable effort, has established an overall goal of collecting 400 food kits during Helping Halls 2012.

Helping Halls raised 123 food kits in its initial year in 2007 and has grown in each successive year --- 176 kits in 2008, 235 kits in 2009, 400 kits in 2010 and 446 kits in 2011.

Click here to learn more about the Arkansas Tech Office of Residence Life.

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