NWU Helps Brighten the Holidays for Huntington Elementary School Families

For the past 17 years, a Thanksgiving tradition has warmed the hearts of Nebraska Wesleyan University faculty, staff and students, and warmed the kitchens of needy families.

Each year, University offices, student organizations, athletic teams and individuals donate canned vegetables, pie crusts and filling, potatoes and roasting pans and other trimmings. They also pitch in a few dollars toward a turkey and other perishables. The items are packaged neatly by Nebraska Wesleyan athletes and then distributed to Huntington Elementary School families.

The tradition is part of a long-standing partnership between NWU and Huntington Elementary, located just blocks from the University and school to many low-income and at-risk children.

This year, Nebraska Wesleyan collected enough food for 92 families. In addition to the food, employees and students donated money to purchase train rides when the students visit the Lincoln Children’s Zoo next spring.

The Huntington Elementary School families are nothing but thankful when they pick up their food just prior to the holiday. The students are just as thankful. In fact each Valentine’s Day they send personal cards and notes to all Nebraska Wesleyan students and employees, hoping to return a favor and brighten someone else’s day.

 

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NWU athletes distribute Thanksgiving dinners to 92 Huntington Elementary School families.
Faculty, staff and students donated non-perishible items and cash towards the purchase of frozen turkeys.
The Huntington Thanksgiving food drive has been a Nebraska Wesleyan tradition for 17 years.