Monday, November 24, 2014
Fall semester has been one of service to the community for students, faculty and staff at Mercyhurst University – The North East Campus.
Mercyhurst North East recently wrapped up its fall food drive as well as a breast cancer awareness “Pink Week” and an event to make Christmas cards for troops.
The fall food drive generated 1,157 pounds of food for the North East Food Pantry. Students, faculty and staff brought in canned goods and other nonperishable food items between Oct. 6 and Nov. 14. The Student Government Association also donated 30 turkeys to the pantry, to be distributed to area families.
“It’s an annual event here on campus, along with the spring food drive, and people on campus always step up and give generously,” said Assistant Student Life Director Rachel Pacholke, who coordinated the event. “Students also help in delivering the food to the pantry, and it’s eye-opening for them to see how many people in need there are in the North East community.”
Mercyhurst North East Student Government Association and Athletics & Student Life also presented Pink Week Oct. 6 to 12, a series of events to raise money and awareness for breast cancer.
Events included pink T-shirt and cupcake sales, “wear pink” campaigns at the women’s volleyball game and men’s and women’s soccer games that week, and a speaking engagement with breast cancer survivor and North East resident Pattie Stempka
“Pattie does a lot in the community to make North East pink, and we want to bring that same spirit to Mercyhurst North East,” Pacholke said. “Almost everybody knows someone affected by cancer, and it’s especially meaningful for them to support the cause.”
All told, Mercyhurst North East’s Pink Week raised $1,111, which helped Stempka’s group, Pattie’s Pink Warriors, reach its goal of $18,000 for the American Cancer Society.
With Christmas right around the corner, the Cards for Troops program will provide more than 200 holiday cards to members of the military, veterans and their families. Students, faculty and staff wrote personal messages of thanks, support and holiday wishes in each of the cards, which will be distributed through the American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program.
This time of year, it’s particularly important to reflect and give back to the community, Pacholke said.
“We’re ambassadors of service, we’re here to serve,” she said. “When we help the community, the community helps us in the long run.”