Student organizations join forces to impact city residents

November 23, 2010

PLAINVIEW – Four different student organizations at Wayland Baptist University came together to provide a brighter Thanksgiving for residents of Plainview.

Members of Christian sororities Alpha Delta Kappa and Sigma Phi Lambda and fraternity Kappa Upsilon Chi spent the majority of Saturday, Nov. 20, picking up bags from area neighborhoods containing canned goods, blankets and clothing to be donated to the Crisis Center of the Plains.

“We collected a lot more than we expected, about 200 pounds of food,” said Priscilla Edwards, who serves as sponsor for Sigma Phi Lambda, the newest such organization on campus. “We got loads of children’s clothes and men’s and women’s clothes as well as blankets and jackets, warm weather gear.”

Once the bags were gathered, the group sorted food and items collected and delivered them to the Crisis Center that afternoon. Wayland faculty and staff contributed as well, bringing things to the school and having it picked up as well.

“I was glad people opened up their hearts and gave so much. When we went to the crisis center, it was a godsend to them,” Edwards said. “We’re very thankful for every contribution we got.”

Then on Monday night, Wayland’s Spanish Club loaded up a bus to deliver baskets with $50 in food and $30 gift cards to United Supermarkets to 10 families in the city. With donations from a church and their own collections, the club was able to bless several families just in time for the holidays.

Dr. Jose Rubio, club sponsor, said churches and others helped them identify the families who could use the food baskets. In addition, he had his students issue a Thanksgiving blessing to the families in Spanish, letting them practice their skills from the classroom as well. The surprise deliveries were welcomed.

“May God grant you all his blessings,” said one woman as she moved from student to student with hugs and smiles. “Thank you so much.”