Student Donations Provide Food, Clothing, Furniture to Local Families

May 17, 2017

By Cory True '09 and Maggie Lynch '17

More than 80 local families, and several charitable organizations benefitted from the generosity of Anselmians who donated couches, pasta, sweatshirts, along with cleaning supplies, and other dorm room and apartment necessities as part of annual the Food, Clothing and Furniture (FCF) Drive. First organized 11 years ago, the student-led program has grown into a campus-wide effort to provide Manchester area residents in need with gently used items, while also diverting thousands of pounds of unnecessary waste and recycling from campus dumpsters.

Three seniors, nursing majors Carroll Bailey and Courtney Puccio, and politics major Amy Vachon, led this year's efforts, assisted by 20 additional seniors, and 18 underclassmen. "The Food, Clothing and Furniture Drive has been, and continues to be, one of my favorite service opportunities on this campus," said Vachon. "I am in awe at the incredible outpouring of love and support our campus community has for our neighbors in need."

As students packed up their rooms and apartments during last week's final exams, teams of FCF volunteers circulated throughout campus in moving trucks collecting couches (more than 60), small refrigerators, boxes of food, and bags of clothing. A sorting station was established in the Carr Center, where volunteers organized and labeled thousands of items for delivery.

Over the course of the weekend, dozens of stops were made in Manchester and surrounding communities, furnishing homes and filling cupboards. Couches were coaxed up narrow stairwells, more often than not it seemed, to the top floor of apartment buildings. In one poignant delivery, an Iraqi immigrant greeted students at his recently acquired, unfurnished apartment. A phone soon emerged from the grateful recipient's pocket; with a smile, he began snapping images of the students as they carried lights, carpets, tables and chairs into his new home.

Junior business major Joey Smith participated in his second FCF Drive this year. "This project demonstrates how a relatively small and caring community, like we have here on the Hilltop, can truly impact those around us in a major way," he said. "Not only is this drive student-led, but its success depends on student donations. It's inspiring to know that this drive originated with a student idea, and will continue for years to come, thanks to the generosity of our Anselmian community."


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