HPU Students Donate Thanksgiving Meals to Local Families

HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 17, 2017 – For the third year in a row, students in High Point University’s Professional Selling Club donated Thanksgiving meals to families in need.

Dash and Kenny Mack, vice president of operations at the Boys and Girls Club, distributed the meals at several Boys and Girls Club sites around the city today.

The students raised $1,800 to purchase 90 meal kits, each filled with a turkey, stuffing, macaroni and cheese, fours cans of vegetables, a two-pound bag of rice, one can of cranberry sauce and gravy. Today, students met representatives from the Boys and Girls Club of Greater High Point at Walmart on North Main Street to load up one of the nonprofit organization’s buses, then distributed the meals to five different Boys and Girls Club locations.

“This means a lot,” said Kenny Mack, vice president of operations at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater High Point. “Parents come to us to ask for help during the holidays. Many of them receive food from pantries throughout the year, so if pantries run low during the holidays, it’s a major problem for the children we serve. When they have food for Thanksgiving, it’s one less thing for them to worry about, and it allows them to focus on a day with family.”

HPU students Sam Dash (left) and Mike Estrella distribute boxes of Thanksgiving meals to West End Ministries, where a Boys and Girls Club site is located.

The Thanksgiving meal fundraiser was started three years ago by HPU student Angie Paskewitz, a senior from Minnesota and member of the Professional Selling Club. She and her club members have grown the event each year.

“I’ve always loved giving back, and when Angie approached me, I didn’t hesitate,” said Mike Estrella, a junior from New Jersey and the club’s vice president of philanthropy, who helped distribute the meals. “Thanksgiving is a big day for families that is sometimes taken for granted. We want to help families share a good experience with each other.”

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