Anselmians Give Back For Thanksgiving

November 24, 2020

By Parker Petruney '21

During the 2020 Thanksgiving Basket Drive, members of the Anselmian community donated 220 gift cards totalling $10,669 to benefit Catholic Charities of New Hampshire.

Campus Ministry’s Thanksgiving Basket Drive has become one of the most popular traditions at Saint Anselm. This year, the drive looked a lot different due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Instead of baskets filled with items to provide a Thanksgiving dinner, Campus Ministry collected gift cards for Catholic Charities of New Hampshire.

Usually, Campus Ministry delivers over 100 baskets to families in the Manchester area. However, there isn’t enough space and staff to clean everything and make this happen safely. Donating gift cards makes distribution safer for the families and the volunteers at the charities. This allows the Saint Anselm community to continue the beloved tradition and provide food to the hungry in the Manchester community.

“It is not easy to ask for help, and this year the calls coming to CCNH have nearly doubled due to COVID related job losses, illness, and more. The need is real and it is more difficult than ever for families in our communities,” explains Campus Minister Joycelin Raho, campus minister. “We are so tremendously blessed as a Saint Anselm community, and that generosity truly presents itself when we come together to give back in this way. It will be sad for all of us not to get to see the beautiful baskets – a true labor of love to see what our community puts into these baskets beyond just the money. However, it does feel really wonderful to see our community recognize that this year is different – and that the needs, and our ability to share our love through our generosity – is still profoundly present.”