Colorado State University Students Team Up with Fort Collins Kids to Collect Donations for the Needy

Note to Editors: Reporters are welcome to join the Campus Club as they assemble Thanksgiving baskets Nov.14. Call Jenifer Doane at (970) 491-3802 to schedule a visit.

Colorado State University students and Fort Collins children are collecting food and personal items for Thanksgiving baskets to give to the homeless and needy in Fort Collins Nov. 14.

The Thanksgiving basket project is one of the weekly community service projects performed by Campus Club, a mentoring program that partners Colorado State students with children between the ages of 6-12. Campus Club is a program provided by the Office for Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs at Colorado State. For the last eight years, Campus Club has worked to help fulfill the needs of the community while helping youth of Fort Collins build self-esteem and learn the importance of community service.

The baskets, assembled by Campus Club members, will be distributed throughout the community and to various organizations, including Open Door Mission, Crossroads and many others.

Campus Club members meet every Sunday that school is in session. The group consists of 23 volunteers, 26 children and three assistants. Each Sunday, Campus Club completes a different service project to better the Fort Collins community.

To prepare for the holiday season, Campus Club spent last Sunday at the Open Door Mission, cleaning and making cards for residents. This Sunday the group will assemble and deliver the Thanksgiving baskets. On Dec. 5, Campus Club plans to go ice skating, wrap Christmas presents for those in need and discuss how the children felt about helping people in the community.

For more information on the Campus Club or to make a donation for the Thanksgiving baskets, call Jenifer Doane, Campus Club Program coordinator, at (970) 491-3802, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Donations for the Thanksgiving baskets should be made by Nov. 14, and can be picked up by Campus Club at the donor’s convenience.