It's almost that time of year again. The weather is beginning to get colder, and the leaves are falling. Soon you will see seasonal decorations everywhere and gifts in every store. Thanksgiving is a time filled with the fragrance of great food, and the positive feelings from family time with those we hold dear. For many of our students, that sense of holiday cheer does not just happen at home but is also created right here on campus through fellowship with members of their Bobcat family. Several organizations are coming together across campus to do something about that. And, they are giving back to the community while they're at it.
Friendsgiving is an event organized by the Cultural Center, the GIVE Center, Campus Activities Board, Latino Student Alliance, Black Student Alliance, Alpha Tau Omega and Zeta Phi Beta. The idea was created out of a desire to bring students together for a great Thanksgiving meal who traditionally might not have otherwise with the hope that they would build new, long-lasting friendships. It was also created with the idea of giving back to the community.
Participants were enriched in a number of ways by enjoying good food, fellowship and forming a greater sense of community at Georgia College.
"Last year several groups came together at the event and participants selected names of children from a giving tree and were asked to help grant the wishes by providing some of the items on their wish list," said Assistant Director of Student Involvement Nadirah Mayweather. "This year while the friend aspect of the group is the same, the giving aspect of the event was centered on the Boys and Girls Club of Milledgeville/Baldwin County as part of a larger day-service project taking place around Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service."
The items collected through the Friendsgiving event will be used to help with some of the projects that volunteers will assist with at the Boys and Girls Club in January. Several of the projects organizers have in mind may include organizing, beautification and possibly yard work.
"It is our hope that the impact from the day of service will be ongoing. We hope to have good volunteer participation on the day of, but, more importantly, we hope people that people will understand the importance of service, helping others and giving, which are all principles Dr. Matin Luther King Jr. preached, taught, lived and exemplified."
Emily Halpin came out to enjoy a good meal and support the Boys and Girls Club. "I think after a few years of doing this we have the potential to make this an absolutely massive event. It's big right now, but I think in a couple of years this could be something that every organization can get involved in once a year," said Halpin.
"Friendsgiving is all about collaboration, working together and giving," said Mayweather. "It takes multiple hands to make it a success and by collaborating, we know that we will be successful. We also hope students enjoyed the meal, and that they develop into lifelong citizens that unite, give and grow."