The Delta State University community embraced the holiday spirit by supporting the DSU Administrative Staff Council’s annual food and toy drives.
The DSU Feed-A-Family Food Drive is held each year in the weeks leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday while the DSU Holiday Toy Drive collects gifts for children from infancy up to 10-years-old during the Christmas season.
With support from the DSU community, this year the Staff Council donated 50 complete Thanksgiving food bags and 266 toys to the Bolivar County Child and Family Services.
In addition, the organization was able to make a food donation to the Statesmen Food Pantry.
“This holiday season, Staff Council was proud to continue the Thanksgiving Feed-a-Family Program and Holiday Toy Drive,” said Dr. Tricia Killebrew, chair of the Staff Council’s Project Committee.
Traditionally hosted as separate projects, this year’s drives were combined due to the shortened fall semester and remote work schedules, Killebrew said.
From Nov. 2 through Nov. 18, individuals were encouraged to bring non-perishable food items and toys valued at $5 or more to specified drop-off locations across campus.
“Initially, we were concerned that we may not receive as many donations due to combining the projects. However, I was pleased when we were able to donate more food items and toys than we did last year,” said Killebrew.
“We were overwhelmed by the outpour of food and toy donations the DSU family was able to provide for such a great cause,” she added.
Delta State’s Administrative Staff Council serves as a liaison between the administration and the staff to provide a formal process for staff to discuss issues involving university policies and procedures, and to forward ideas, recommendations and options to the president.
The Staff Council is dedicated to excellence in service and the continued growth and development of Delta State University.
To learn more, visit www.deltastate.edu/about-dsu/administration/staff-council.