NWU Helps Brighten Thanksgiving for Area School Families

For the past 20 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 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 meals to feed 95 families.

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’s day.

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NWU student athletes Katelyn Walsh and Makayla Westphal fill 95 food boxes for Huntington Elementary School families.
Assistant Athletic Director Jo Bunstock (bottom right) spearheads the Huntington meal project with NWU athletes.