November 22, 2012
Not only did students put the food baskets together, they also delivered them to the families in need.
As families across the nation sit down for their traditional Thanksgiving feast, 110 families in the Lubbock community will be able to enjoy a meal that may not have been possible without the help of Texas Tech students.
For months, student organizations helped gather donations of food and books. The Texas Tech chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) led the service project, which culminated in the “United to Give” event on Nov. 10.
“We have been doing bag drives around Lubbock to collect cans, asking for donations from members of the community as well as local businesses,” said Dulce Segura, a sophomore from Dallas who has been involved with LULAC since her freshman year. “Organizations around campus also helped us by providing can drives and asking for donations to help decrease the number of items we would have to buy.”
The “United to Give” event brought together 94 students representing 15 Texas Tech organizations, all helping to fill and hand-deliver Thanksgiving baskets to area families in need. Each food basket included a turkey, corn, peas, green beans, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing, bread and other non-perishable items donated.
The baskets also included children’s books, thanks to donations from JumpStart, the South Plains Closing the Gaps P-20 Council and the Lubbock Rotary Club. Local businesses that participated in the event included Montelongo’s Mexican Restaurant, Jimenez Bakery, Metro Rotary and Glasheen, Valles & Inderman, LLP.
The United to Give event brought together 94 students representing 15 different student organizations.
LULAC member Alejandro Huerta, a senior from Big Spring, said that events like “United to Give” are what brings organizations together.
“As members of LULAC, our mission is to help others,” Huerta said. “As humans, we must share compassion and serve others. It is a great honor to do so.”
The students involved said that a dedication to serving the community is what LULAC is all about, and “United to Give” embraces the spirit of Thanksgiving.
“You constantly hear that giving back to the community is a great and rewarding opportunity, but having that firsthand exposure is completely different,” Segura said. “You get to personally hand the baskets to these families and have an actual conversation with them, which they enjoy. The names we received were from Catholic Family Services, so every family had a different circumstance and story. To see the look on their faces when you hand them the baskets and personally see and hear their gratification is an amazing experience. It definitely makes the time spent preparing for the event worth it.”