NWU Thanksgiving Meal Drive Warms the Kitchens of Nearby Elementary School Families

For the past 16 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 donated enough food to make meals for 83 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.