Wayland service groups joining forces to help Crisis Center

November 16, 2010

PLAINVIEW – Three Wayland Baptist University service organizations are joining forces to make the holiday season a little brighter for the clients of one area agency.

Mission Thanksgiving seeks to collect nonperishable food items, clothing and blankets for the families served by the Crisis Center of the Plains, a United Way agency that assists families in domestic violence situations, providing a safe home and counseling among other services.

Service sororities Alpha Delta Kappa and Sigma Phi Lambda are partnering with fraternity Kappa Upsilon Chi to carry out the service initiative. Sigma Phi Lambda has been working with the crisis center since members of the group worked at the center’s Broadway Treasures resale shop during Wayland’s Degree of Difference Day in 2009.

“We have been blessed so much with what we’ve been doing, but we want to bless others as well,” said Morgan Switzenberg, SPL president and a WBU junior from Plainview. “The Crisis Center has always been close to our hearts and we wanted to be able to help them this time of year.”

As part of the effort, the groups will be distributing plastic bags on doors in several Plainview neighborhoods this week to make donations easier. Bags will be collected by the students on Saturday, Nov. 20, and delivered to the crisis center. Locations include Westgate, Westridge and homes east of Ennis Street and north to 24th Street.

Items needed are all types of children’s and women’s clothing, including new socks and underwear, warm clothing and blankets of all types. In addition, nonperishable foods are needed for families living in the safe home and other clients. Items of particular need are peanut butter, canned meats and meals, canned vegetables and soups. Bath soaps and paper products are also welcomed.

Donations can also be delivered to the Student Ministries Activity Center, located at 9th and Utica Streets, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday for those who do not receive a bag or those wishing to deliver items in person.

For more information on the collection effort, contact Sigma Phi Lambda president Morgan Switzenberg at 729-0004 or chapter sponsor Priscilla Edwards at 291-3405.