Last year Athens Ridge Cares (ARC) hosted a canned food drive, and the turnout was great. Athens Ridge employees took the donations to local churches to help disadvantaged Athens families.
So, with Thanksgiving just around the corner, they’ve decided to do it again.
“We talk to local churches,” Elizabeth Beall, Resident Relations and Marketing Manager for Athens Ridge said, adding that the churches Athens Ridge gives to have food bank programs.
“We just really wanted to make sure the food gets to local families,” Beall said, adding that ARC tries to focus more on local charities. ARC is a student-directed philanthropic group that provides an opportunity for students to give back to the community within their financial means.
ARC is made to challenge students in some way so that the philanthropy projects become fun and engaging. So for this year’s food drive, each street will be competing. The street that raises the most food will be given a prize, to be determined at a later date.
“It kind of makes it more fun for the residents,” Beall said.
The canned food drive will run through Nov. 19, the same day as the annual Thanksgiving Potluck so that residents can donate as they can come out to the dinner.
By having the deadline on the same day as the dinner, Athens Ridge hopes that it will be more convenient for students to donate their canned items.
ARC aims to make the drive fun and fruitful to those families who may be struggling this holiday season.