Adopt-a-Family program gives back to community

October 31, 2008

by Cassidy Carson

This holiday season, many organizations across campus are choosing to adopt families.

The Adopt-a-Family program, founded by the Black Student Union, is a campus-wide community service project established to help families in need during Thanksgiving.

Doshondra Mashia, BSU president and a junior human resources management major, said this is the first year Tech has participated in the Adopt-a-Family project.

“It basically stemmed from the executive board of BSU,” Mashia said. “We wanted to start something everyone could contribute to.”

She said BSU members approached different churches in the Ruston community in order to find underprivileged families to adopt.

“Student Government Association, Union Board, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Society of Distinguished Black Women and BSU are the organizations involved so far,” Mashia said.

She said she was thrilled to kick-start this program at Tech.

“It’s just something we made up,” Mashia said. “I’m excited about it because I think it’s just another opportunity for Tech students to give back to the community.”

Ryan Grumble, an SGA representative and a sophomore mechanical engineering major, said SGA is promoting the program and accepting donations for the next two weeks.

He said students are asked to donate clothing, toys and non-perishable food items.

“On Nov. 8 we’re going to visit the families and present them with donations,” Grumble said.

He also said he hopes many organizations can become involved so this year’s Adopt-a-Family project can be a successful one.