Efforts to help those in need abound around OCC this time of year.
At Royal Oak and Southfield, faculty and staff partnered with the Salvation Army in an effort called Campus Cares to collect and prepare food bags for students.
Faculty and staff assembled 104 bags of canned food and nonperishable items to be distributed in the Royal Oak and Southfield campuses Thursday. The effort was meant to help students who might be struggling, said Southfield and Royal Oak campus president Steve Reif, Ph.D.
“A lot of students are in desperate financial shape,” Reif said. “We decided this year we wanted to do something for our students.”
Salvation Army staff distributed the bags to students, Reif said.
“We want to keep it as private as possible for the students,“ Reif said. “We will distribute bags for as long as the food lasts.”
Other efforts around campuses include the following (this is not a comprehensive list):
• In Auburn Hills, several athletic teams and student organizations are holding holiday gift drives for children’s organizations. Student government collected for children who were victims of abuse through Care House. Criminal Justice Student Association collected items for Toys for Tots. The Auburn Hills Phi Theta Kappa chapter, Alpha Omicron Rho, participated in Oakland Family Services’ “Adopt A Family” project. Chapter members and campus colleagues helped a single mom who was having financial difficulties. Chapter officers delivered the gifts for her family to Oakland Family Services last Friday, said Michelle Casanova, advisor for Alpha Omicron Rho.
•The Orchard Ridge campus is participating in the Gleaners Community Food Bank “Give a Hand for the Holidays” food drive. Collection bins have been located in the M Building lobby, in the Student Center area near J-184, and in H Building since October. Monetary donations are welcome. Each dollar raised provides three meals thanks to Gleaners bulk purchasing power and efficient distribution network. Make checks payable to Gleaners Community Food Bank and deliver to the President’s Office. Donations will be picked up December 16.
• Highland Lakes has several efforts including collecting for the more than 600,000 people displaced by the typhoon in the Philippines. As a result, more than two million people desperately need food and clothing. Phi Theta Kappa and Student LIFE are partnering with the Filipino American Community Council to collect nonperishable food items, toiletries and warm-weather clothing. Drop boxes are located outside the Bookstore and in Levinson Hall, Room 131. Donated items will be collected at 9 a.m. December 16 by Phi Theta Kappa members.
• District Office is holding is a food drive benefiting Forgotten Harvest. Staff can bring canned and nonperishable food items and place them in the Forgotten Harvest food barrels through December 18. Pick up is December 19. Suggested food items include canned meat, canned soup, stew, chili, banned and boxed ready to eat meals and granola bars. For a complete list, see fliers around DO or contact Kelly Taylor.
• For more information on other events, contact campus Student Life Representatives.