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Students Lead Furniture, Clothes, and Food Drive

May 07, 2013

Laura Lemire
Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-7242

Through Saint Anselm College's student-led furniture, clothing, and food drive students donate goods to local agencies and familieis in needThe annual Furniture, Clothing, and Food (FCF) Drive, begins Tuesday May 7 as 35 Saint Anselm students collect clothes, food, furniture, toys and other household items to distribute to local Manchester families.

What began with a food drive in 2008 has grown into a student- led movement that collects items students may have thrown away previously as their moving out of their dorm rooms and apartments. Items include non-perishable food, clothes in good condition, cleaning supplies, vacuums, kitchenware, rugs, couches, chairs, and other furniture and small appliances.

During the last week of finals the students collect items in a rented U-haul and then sort the items in Sullivan arena. Donations are made to local families in need and a number of organizations in Manchester including the International Institute, Catholic Charities, and Sister Jackie who runs a class for refugees in the city.

"Running the program during finals might seem like a challenge, but everyone involved in the program understands how important it is," said student-leader Matthew Pendergast.

"There really is no better way to end the school year. It embodies the Saint Anselm values of hospitality and service which have defined my life at school."

Those looking to donate items will find collection boxes located throughout campus. There will also be drop-off times this week: Tuesday and Wednesday, May 7 and 8, 5 - 8 p.m. in Sullivan Arena.

Photo: FCF Drive 2012