With a new record of 14,182 cans, the Northwestern State University housing department hosted a successful canned food drive for Homecoming Week this year.
Every year, Resident Life completes impact challenges designed to help out the community and give back to important causes. Led by Resident Director Christian Broussard, University Columns organizes a canned food drive, one of these challenges, during Homecoming Week.
“An impact challenge is a program that benefits our NSU campus and Natchitoches community,” Beau Russell, a member of the Resident Life staff, said. “Impact challenges are our way of giving back, and they have grown larger and larger every year.”
Russell and his co-workers, aided by Phi Beta Sigma and Kappa Alpha Psi fraternities, collected and delivered approximately 4,500 cans to the Women’s Resource Center and 9,500 cans to the Cane River Children’s Services.
The Women’s Resource Center helps women with medical advice and resources regarding health and pregnancy. They also have a food pantry which is used to help women and children in need.
The Cane River Children’s Services is an organization designed to provide a support network to children and families that need one. The cans were spread out among the Cane River Food Pantry and to a girls and boys transition home. Cane River Food Pantry feeds more than 200 families in Natchitoches.
While this food drive is the usual event, Women’s Resource Center does accept donations from other NSU drives.
“NSU student organizations have donated baby supplies, blankets and other common items, as well as toys during the Christmas season,” Beverly Broadway, a staff member of the WRC, said.
Other events hosted by Resident Life include the “Demons Turn Teal Week” for ovarian cancer awareness and the annual Halloween Carnival to benefit labs on campus. These events are the impact challenges for University Place I and II, respectively.
The Women’s Resource Center can be found on Facebook or contacted at 318-357-8888. The Cane River Children’s Service can be found on Facebook or contacted at 318-352-9349.