June 12, 2024
STU athletes give again by meals drive

Kaitlynne Benjamin, STU Tommies Athlete for the Girls’s Soccer Workforce, and participant for the 2022 Athletes meals drive. (Daniel Salas/AQ)

At night time, glowing lights fill the void of the darkish Fredericton skyline. In the course of the day, smoke billows from chilly mouths and specks of snow calmly mud the bottom. 

As the vacations method, sometimes a time for giving, there’s an total sense of pleasure and care within the air. 

The Pupil Athlete Council at St. Thomas College is planning its routes and getting ready its knocks for once they go door-to-door for a meals drive on Dec. 10.

Co-Chair Kait Benjamin mentioned it’s an ideal initiative to assist out the group.

“The vacations are a extremely robust time for lots of households, so it’s an ideal feeling understanding that you just’re serving to out in your group throughout such a tough time,” mentioned Benjamin. 

When Benjamin participated in her first meals drive as a member of the council throughout 2021, she mentioned it was a bit of totally different than what occurs now. 

Within the midst of COVID-19, the athletes didn’t go house-to-house as they didn’t know the way folks would reply, Benjamin mentioned. Containers have been arrange across the metropolis and donors would drop off non-perishable meals objects with out the human connection that comes with the vacations. 

The donations go to the STU Meals Financial institution and Greener Village, which then disperse the objects to individuals who want them. 

Now that COVID-19 restrictions have loosened, athletes are going out into the town to speak and join with folks in hopes of getting donations.

“This will probably be a pleasant change to work together with the group,” mentioned Benjamin. 

Earlier than venturing out throughout Fredericton, males’s and ladies’s basketball performed Crandall College on Dec. 2, and the volleyball groups performed the College of New Brunswick Saint John on Dec. 3. They noticed donation bins arrange on the Girl Beaverbrook Fitness center for followers and athletes to donate. 

Though solely 5 of the ten STU groups are utilizing donation bins at video games, all of them will exit to gather donations.

Benjamin mentioned that in previous years, they introduced the donations again to the J.B. O’Keefe Health Centre to divide and take to the STU Meals Financial institution and Greener Village.

The donation bins have yielded outcomes for each meals and money donations, in accordance with Advertising and Occasions Coordinator Eric Moffatt, who mentioned the quantity for 2021 was round $250 in money and present playing cards, with over 300 meals objects being donated. 

This 12 months, the Pupil Athlete Council hopes to usher in extra donations, however is grateful for something they get. 

“You simply need to get as a lot as attainable to have the ability to assist as many households locally,” mentioned Benjamin.

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