May 12, 2015
Communications and Marketing
As most students packed up to head home for the summer, more than 30 Saint Anselm College students stayed behind to collect, sort and distribute goods as part of the ninth-annual Food Clothing and Furniture (FCF) Drive, benefiting 80 families. This year, FCF extended their reach beyond Manchester into Concord and Nashua, sending a truck full of donations to each community.
The student-led campaign collects couches, lamps, kitchenware, televisions, rugs and other household goods, as well as dry goods and gently used clothing from the student body. This year, several donations were also picked up from faculty, staff and friends of the College in the greater Manchester area.
For three days, student-volunteers circulated campus in box trucks, collecting items as students moved out. Dumpsters located outside residence halls displayed colorful posters, reminding students to give their "good things to good people." Once collected, items were brought to Sullivan Arena where they were sorted and labeled for distribution.
"If every school did something like FCF imagine how many people could be helped," says senior Haley Mount. "FCF is just another reason why I am proud to call myself an Anselmian."
Delivering the Goods
Donations are dropped off with families identified by charitable organizations as most in need. Participants note that many of their drop offs go to recently arrived refugee families with very few personal possessions.
In addition to the 80 families who received food, clothing, or furniture, every U-Haul was packed with extra bags of food, clothes, and toys for neighbors and others that students met on their deliveries.
The Drive concluded with a stop at Makeover Ministry, an outreach program that helps people in need or in crisis. Remaining donations will be distributed to foster families, victims of domestic violence, refugees and foster children who 'age out' of the system and need to set up their first apartment.
Started by Students, Led by Students
FCF is a completely student-run program, funded by donations and led by students. The group received generous financial support from Mr. Tom Bullock, and various campus clubs and college offices. Several alumni participants stopped by throughout the week, offering encouragement, and a complementary luncheon, in one case, to the volunteers.
Proud of the work our students are doing to collect & redistribute campus donations to those in need. Bravo to all! pic.twitter.com/vdh3xaWOsD— Steven R. DiSalvo (@Dr_DiSalvo) May 6, 2015
Story and photos by Cory True, '09