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  • Giving Back: Thanksgiving Basket Drive at Remington College - Mobile Campus Helps Students in Need

    Remington College - Mobile Campus continued an annual tradition this year by sponsoring a food drive before Thanksgiving to fill food baskets for those in need.

    This food drive, begun in 2005 by Mobile Campus President Steve Backman, has grown each year. "Our goal of seven baskets was based on last year's total of five baskets. I felt like we had more faculty and more students than ever, and so I knew that this was a more-than-achievable goal. And it was! We collected enough to fill eight baskets," said Executive Assistant and 2009 food drive coordinator Kristy King.

    To announce the effort, Ms. King emailed the Mobile Campus faculty and staff. "Credit goes to our instructors for helping us to get the word out," said Ms. King. "Faculty, staff, and about 10 classes actively participated. Basically, everyone at the Campus got involved. We were able to collect many items, from the standard Thanksgiving fare - gravy, stuffing, green beans, and corn - to baby food, potted meats, carrots, tea bags, and more. We had a really great variety this year!"

    Shannon Abbott's class of eight Pharmacy Technician students collected 136 non-perishable items and earned a class pizza party for having donated the most items.

    Ms. King and Mobile Campus Re-Enrollment Coordinator Amanda Martin put the baskets together in time for Thanksgiving delivery and asked everyone at the Campus to nominate recipients from among the current student body.

    "One student had a family of 12 to feed, so that family received two full baskets. Another student is a single mom whose husband had just left her with three young children to feed," said Ms. King.

    "This was an extremely successful and worthwhile effort, and it's all because of each and every person who gave," said Campus President Steve Backman. "We had a goal of seven baskets, and we exceeded our goal! Our thanks to everyone for giving so generously to help local families in need."