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Student Social Work Association feeds families for Thanksgiving

The Student Social Work Association has raised enough money to provide more than 30 families with a Thanksgiving dinner.

The student organization was able to raise approximately $1,300 by holding an apparel sale and collecting donations. The Athens Save-A-Lot grocery store also contributed a significant amount of food for the cause.

"As the SSWA faculty adviser, I am extremely proud to work with these students and I look forward to their continued success in the year ahead," said Judi Haberkorn, visiting assistant professor of social and public health.

The box meals will be distributed to the families in need at the Tri-County Mental Health Center in Belpre. Each family will receive:

• 11-15 pound turkey
• fresh potatoes
• fresh, local apples
• 1 can pineapples
• apple juice
• 1 can cranberries
• 2 cans corn
• 2 cans green beans
• pumpkin pie
• dinner rolls
• 2 cans broth
• 2 cans gravy
• 2 boxes of stuffing
• milk
• eggs
• butter
• and other items

SSWA had exceeded its goal for this year's fundraiser. They originally hoped to collect enough money and food for 20 families. Last year, they fed 10 families for Thanksgiving.

Along with this fundraiser, SSWA helps raise money for groups such as My Sister's Place, the local Alzheimer's Association and the Ohio University Survivor Advocacy Program.

This organization has 15 active members and encourages any student interested in community service to join.