Residence halls feed community

Helping Halls is a holiday food drive hosted by the National Residence Hall Honorary. The NRHH has a goal of providing over 300 food kits to the Salvation Army. The donations will help feed approximately two-thirds of the families they are anticipating will need aid this holiday season.

“I believe that my residents gain a sense of community and honor in being able to give back to the Russellville community that constantly gives to Tech,” Baswell Hall Resident Director Rachael Switzer said. “I personally believe this experience is amazing. Having the opportunity to give a family in need Thanksgiving dinner is amazing.”

Each of the residence halls is participating in a variety of events. Many have done, or are doing, a Pie Your RA/RD, Penny Wars or change collection, bake sales and video game tournaments to raise awareness and funds to support Helping Halls.

“Some neat and different programs this year is M Street did an art auction, in which residents painted canvases to be auctioned off,” Area Coordinator Samantha Piechocinski said. “Baswell is doing Bingo Night and a grilled cheese sale.”

Helping Halls gives the students the opportunity to help families around the Russellville community in need receive a Thanksgiving dinner.

“I believe the community gets a sense of care and concern that the students have for the Russellville community,” Switzer said. “Often times there are divides between the city and campus in different areas across the nation, and this brings Tech and it’s residence halls into that community by giving back.”

On-campus residence halls are currently collecting donations and will bring donations to the Young Ballroom on Nov. 18. All of the items will be delivered to the Russellville Salvation Army.