Turkeys for Taylor and a donation drive for the International Rescue Committee are just two of the organizations supported by ACU’s Season of Caring.
Turkey’s for Taylor is a fundraiser the Service Action Leadership Team has been doing since 2001. SALT partners with Taylor Elementary to provide 65 Thanksgiving meals for the families of students at Taylor.
“All of the students are chosen by Taylor Elementary,” said Jen Rogers, director of student ministries at ACU. “Each of the students is typically on the free or reduced lunch program.”
SALT Special Events Coordinator Stewart McGregor said, “If students are not able to donate money but want to help they can email me and I will give them information about putting the baskets together, which we will be Â doing next Saturday Nov. 17.”
The cost to fund a full meal for one of the families is $70, but donations of any amount are welcome.
“It’s getting to be the hands and feet of Jesus and going and actually delivering the meals to the family,” said McGregor, junior Christian ministry and political science major from Arlington.
A donation drive for the IRC is another fundraiser students are putting on in November. Sigma Delta Pi, an honors organization that recognizes outstanding students of Spanish language and literature, is partnering with ACU for the IRC to collect toiletries for the refugees placed in Abilene.
Dr. Beatriz Walker, advisor for Sigma Delta Pi and the IRC faculty sponsor for ACU, said last year the organizations were only able to put on the drive for a month. This year they have the entire semester and each month has a new theme.
October’s theme was school supplies, November’s theme was toiletries and December’s theme will be for small household items like silverware or drinking glasses.
“I am an immigrant so my heart is with the immigrants in this country,” Dr. Walker said. “We have to remember who we are and teach our kids to go out into the world and so something for somebody else.”
Bins have been placed in the Campus Center, Hardin Administration building, Chambers Hall and the Education Building for students to drop their donations in.
Dr. Walker said, “I’ve been blessed in these organizations to have students with such a heart for service.”
Students can contact McGregor to learn more about Turkeys at Taylor at email@example.com.