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Thanksgiving Basket Collection Will Help More Than 150 Local Families In Need

11/20/2018
NEW ROCHELLE, NY - Among the many tremendous community service activities fostered by the Iona College community one of the most highly anticipated events of the year is the Thanksgiving Basket Collection, coordinated by the Office of Mission & Ministry. The annual Iona tradition finds representatives from across campus coming together to help local families who are struggling this holiday season by collecting food items for Thanksgiving dinner in a personalized basket.
 
Student organization and clubs, Athletics teams, administrative offices, and academic departments contributed baskets of food with a personalized card for the family recipient. This year, Iona donated nearly 150 baskets through three organizations: HOPE Community Services in New Rochelle, Greyston Foundation Child & Youth Services in Westchester County, and Abraham House in the Bronx.
 
"It is hard to think of another event which brings our campus community closer to the heritage of Edmund Rice’s deep concern and compassion for our neighbors who are poor and marginalized than the annual Thanksgiving Basket Collection," said Carl Procario-Foley, Ph.D., director of Mission and Ministry.
 
On Monday, November 19, the Iona community gathered in Mulcahy Gymnasium for the collection and blessing of the baskets before packing vans for the delivery that night.
 
The annual tradition began in the early 2000s at Iona College, over the past four years, the College community has donated more than 500 baskets to families in need.
 
Visit our Iona's Office of Mission and Ministry on the web for more information on Iona's community service initiatives.