For more than 25 years, Marywood's Adopt-a-Family program has aided underprivileged families at Thanksgiving who are in need of a warm meal. This year, with the economy still not fully recovered, many people are, as Sr. John Michele Southwick says, "still feeling the economic crunch."
"The price of food has gone up, and people are very nervous," she said. "The Adopt-a-Family program is really needed."
Sr. John Michele, IHM, assistant director of campus ministry, says the number of families served has grown in recent years. Working with the United Neighborhood Centers—a voluntary, non-profit organization dedicated to assessing and meeting the needs of low-income families—more than 2,000 families will be helped this Thanksgiving holiday.
Volunteers at Marywood have been preparing baskets of food, filled with Thanksgiving essentials, to donate to needy families this week. In concert with the university's mission, the Adopt-a-family program helps to identify community needs.
"The main message is we need to be grateful for what we have," Sr. John Michele said. "This is a perfect time to give thanks. As an educational institution, we educate our students to be community-minded, and it impacts our students to see that there are people who live not as well as they do."
For more information about Marywood's Adopt-a-Family program, please contact Sr. John Michele, IHM, assistant director of campus ministry, at (570) 348-6211 x2413 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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