University of Mississippi students, faculty and anyone in the
Oxford/Lafayette community can drop off food donations in the Student
Union Ballroom Nov. 14 to 18 to fill baskets that will be delivered to
underprivileged families around the Oxford/Lafayette area. A food
collection will also take place in local grocery stores from Nov. 13 to
15. The baskets will be delivered during the week of Nov. 14.
“We are refraining from saying ‘Thanksgiving’ due to the fact that
some do not celebrate the event,” Troy Jackson, Associated Student Body
director for community affairs, said. “However, a holiday meal is still a
very important aspect of family and fellowship during the break.”
Adopt-A-Basket is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of
Students/Volunteer Services. The ASB, Interfaith Compassion Ministries,
RHA, College of Liberal Arts, CollegeCorps, Volunteer Oxford, Luckyday
and Ole Miss Athletics are also part of the event.
“My job is to encourage organizations to sponsor baskets for the
event, as well as plan a food collection drive at the local grocery
stores the week before the event,” Jackson said. “We will be spreading
the word about Adopt-A-Basket and asking people to donate.”
The idea for Adopt-A-Basket came up about seven years ago when the
Dean of Students Office realized the number of staff workers on campus
that were unable to provide holiday meals for their families. The
fundraiser then began as part of the Mississippi Universities Service
Into Caring Project, involving the state’s eight public institutions of
Eric Moran, management junior, said he plans to donate to Adopt-A-Basket and encourage his friends to donate as well.
“I think this is a great fundraiser, and it’s a great way for
students to help out this holiday season,” he said. “It’s so easy to
pick up a few cans while you’re at Walmart and drop them off while
you’re on campus for classes.”
Adopt-A-Basket is the only fundraiser ASB has done for the holidays
in past years, but the ASB plans to continue helping out with the
fundraiser in years to come.
“Our goal is to raise enough baskets to feed as many people as we can,” Jackson said.
Jackson said he will also be helping increase student involvement
across campus in various volunteer events, including United Way and the
Big Event for the remainder of his tenure. United Way will be raising
money throughout November, and the Big Event is set to be on March 31.
For more information on Adopt-A-Basket, as well as other future
volunteer opportunities, including United Way and the Big Event, contact
Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up on OrgSync on the Volunteer Services page.