MSC Homecoming food drive a success as over 8,000 can goods go to local communities
This year’s Murray State College Student Government Association-sponsored homecoming food drive was a huge success thanks to fundraising efforts and kind hearts of the Aggie community.
Each year, SGA officers invite MSC clubs and organizations to participate in a friendly fundraising competition to determine who will be crowned Homecoming King & Queen. The idea to combine a food drive with the coronation was originally suggested by President McDaniel and Nursing Program Instructor Bobbi LaFevers. The idea picked up great momentum and, in the weeks leading up to and during homecoming, student organizations were challenged to raise as many votes (traditionally in the form of pennies) as they could for the couples representing their organizations. The couple with the most votes at the end would be crowned queen and king. Each food item donated was counted as $1 worth of votes.
After all the cans were counted and votes tallied, between the Tishomingo and Ardmore campuses 8,011 items were donated by the 11 participating organizations with Phi Beta Lambda raising the most. Representing Phi Beta Lambda, Alisa Northcutt and Aaron Elliott were crowned Murray State College’s 2018 Homecoming Queen and King on November 2.
In addition to PBL, organizations participating included Aggie Ambassadors, Collegiate FFA, MSC Leadership Class Scholarship Group, Native, Student Nurses Association, Phi Theta Kappa, Physical Therapist Assistant Student Association, Pi Society, TRIBAL, and the Student Chapter of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians.
On Thursday, November 8, a group of students, staff and faculty loaded and delivered the Tishomingo donations to Our Neighbors Cupboard. They were delighted to see the outpouring of donations to restock their shelves prior to the holiday season. Savannah Damiano, who was first runner-up in the homecoming queen competition representing Aggie Ambassadors, and was one of the students assisting in delivering the food items said, “It was such a blessing being able to help and serve the Tishomingo community. It was an amazing experience seeing all the students and staff come together for such a great cause, and I can’t wait to be part of another food drive soon!”
Later that afternoon, donations from Ardmore were gathered and delivered to the Food & Resource Center of South Central Oklahoma. They were very thankful for the donation and said that the 2,410 pounds of food dropped off by MSC would provide over 2,000 meals to the Ardmore community.
This year, MSC Student Life and SGA has tried to focus even more on community outreach and working with students to find ways to give back. Thanks to the overwhelming efforts of all the students and groups involved, thousands of people will be fed this holiday season!