By Angel Higgins
NASHVILLE, TN (TSU News Service) — Tennessee State University student leaders and organizations will make the Thanksgiving holiday one to remember for some local families. On Saturday, November 11, over 100 students held a successful food drive to prepare food baskets for families in need. TSU students, faculty, staff, and alumni donated non-perishable food items for the baskets that will be distributed during the holiday season to help families.
“This Project 111 service event consisted of students and the community packing thanksgiving baskets for those in need,” said Chrishonda O’Quinn, SGA executive vice president.
“The number 111 is significant because TSU has been in existence for 111 years. The objective was to pack 111+ thanksgiving baskets. I’m pleased the TSU community answered the call. We exceeded our goal.”
The sophomore delegation and O’Quinn presented the drive as part of their Project 111: Community Service. Mr. Sophomore Brandon Diggs voiced how important it was for the sophomore class to participate in the drive.
“We wanted to show each other, the faculty, students, and staff that although we are only in our second year here at Tennessee State University, how powerful we are as a collective working together to make a change in our community,” said Diggs.
It was estimated that there were roughly 300-400 items donated, as food filled four tables plus the stage in the Elliott Hall auditorium.
“Directly after the event, we dropped the donations off to the Nashville Rescue Mission,” O’Quinn added, in response to where the food would be donated.
Members from the Psi Phi Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity Inc, Sisters in Different Shoes Inc. and SGA used their personal cars to take the items to the shelter. Diggs remarked how Nashville Rescue Mission was very proud to see them.
“As HBCU students, we should give back to our community in general because we are the community. We are making the history and culture of our institution day by day; we write the narrative not only for ourselves but for the ones around us.”
Noting that service is an essential part of the student experience at TSU, O’Quinn said student leaders are expected to lead service initiatives.
“It is important to give back to the community since it is consistent with the universities’ goals of social responsibility, community development, and historical preservation. It enhances not just the educational experience of the students but also the communities they serve.”
Over the past weeks SGA leaders have led student participation in a breast cancer walk and a mental health and wellness week.