William & Mary

Students create "Tribe Tribute to Thanksgiving"

William & Mary students to kick-off the “First Annual Tribe Tribute to Thanksgiving” canned food drive Nov. 14 at the final William & Mary home football game against New Hampshire. Organizers will begin collecting non-perishable food goods approximately two hours before kickoff and continue collection through the end of the first quarter. Non-perishable food items gathered will go to the local “FISH” food pantry.

“The idea behind this event is to have students and the greater Williamsburg community come together to help those in our area who could otherwise be without food over the Thanksgiving holiday,” said Tribute Co-Chair Charles Blevins ’13.

The drive is being organized by the Yates Freshman Dorm hall council and was the brainchild of Yates Resident Assistant Courtney Sutton ’11 and Blevins, a Yates council member. The Nov. 14 collection opportunity will be for the general public and off-campus students.  On-campus students will be encouraged to donate items through their respective dorms through a campus-wide competition that will continue through Nov. 24.

Recommended donation items include apple sauce, peanut butter, jelly, cereal (cold and hot), spaghetti sauce, canned fruit, canned meat, canned tuna/salmon, pork and beans, canned soup, rice, spaghetti, powdered milk, dried beans, and canned vegetables.

Student organizers said they hope the event will become a Tribe tradition.