Food drive helps local charities

To prepare for Thanksgiving, the Sociology Club is hosting a canned food drive to benefit local charities.

“When I was a little girl, I remember being involved in school drives,” said Sarah Kerr, senior sociology major and president of the Sociology Club. “Last year, I noticed that nobody was hosting a canned food drive, so I thought that the Sociology Club could start one.”

“The drive is going well, but we could sure use more,” said Dr. Conrad E. Gubera, professor of sociology and faculty adviser of the Sociology Club.

“Anything that isn’t perishable is acceptable.”

Distribution of the goods will depend on how much students participate in the drive.

“We plan on donating to the Salvation Army,” said Kerr. “But if all the boxes are full, we can donate to other charities.”

Kerr said along with nonperishable food items, the club is collecting toilet tissue for the Lafayette House. The Lafayette House is a safe house for victims of domestic abuse.

“The House goes through something like 600 rolls of toilet paper per month,” Kerr said. “Any help we can give them is welcome.”

The Sociology Club has a history of charitable works. In past years, the club has participated in juvenile counseling for troubled children and renovated two rooms at Lafayette House.

“This drive continues our tradition of good works,” Gubera said.

Boxes for the drive are located on the second and third floors of Webster Hall, and on the second floor of Hearnes Hall.

The drive will end on the Nov. 21.