HIGH POINT, N.C., March 20, 2014 – High Point University students volunteered today at local agencies to distribute grocery gift cards that will feed 835 families who lost food due to winter storm power outages in early March.
In the days preceding the gift card distribution, HPU students, faculty and staff united to raise $10,000 for the efforts organized by the faith community of High Point, and the university also donated 1,000 loaves of bread and 1,440 bottles of water.
“While many HPU students were away on spring break during the ice storm, within four days of returning to campus our students opened their hearts to help,” says Dr. Joseph Blosser, the Robert G. Culp Jr. director of service learning at HPU. “Part of HPU’s holistic education is helping students learn to live a life of values — to act out of their faith, their compassion and their responsibility to others. I am proud of how they have responded to this crisis in our community.”
Student operated the distribution of the gift cards today at multiple agencies in High Point including the Macedonia Family Resource Center, West End Ministries, Ward Street Mission and the Salvation Army of High Point.
Student Molly Myers and Dr. Jenn Brandt, director of women’s and genders studies, volunteered in the distribution process today at West End Ministries. Through Brandt’s service learning class, Myers and other students frequently serve at West End.
“I’ve seen so many people here maintain a positive disposition in their life even when times are tough,” says Myers. “I’ve learned that everyone needs to know how to maintain that positive attitude when times get tough, because it happens to everyone at some point in life.”
Their efforts are one of the ways that HPU students, faculty and staff contribute more than 100,000 hours of service each year, valued by the United Way at $2,179,000.