With Thanksgiving coming up next week, Ambler Campus is doing its part to make sure all members of the community enjoy the holiday.
During the hustle and bustle of the upcoming holiday season, sometimes its easy to forget that for many families this will just be another time of hardship, particularly in these difficult economic times. During this season, everyone deserves a little something for which to be thankful.
For the past 10 years, Ambler Campus has provided over 300 turkeys that have been donated to the Mattie M. Dixon Community Cupboard in Ambler Borough.
Jim Duffy, Public Relations Website Coordinator of the Ambler Campus , has been coordinating the drive since the beginning.
“We try to get about 50 turkeys every year,” he says.
“What we do is rather than people bringing in turkeys, which can be a little bit cumbersome and difficult for some people. We have them donate funds.”
In coordination with the campus Turkey Drive, the Student Government Association holds pretzel sales throughout the month and all proceeds go to support the Turkey Drive.
Allison Hanna, Student Government President of Ambler, explains, “We have a table set up over in the learning center, which is the busiest building here on campus. Students come in and out at pretty much every hour of the day. From 11 to 3 o’clock we sell the pretzels. They go for a dollar a pretzel. “
She has seen a great turnout and gotten much support from the students. “Everyone that walks by asks about what we are doing and they want to get involved,” she says.
“Even if they don’t have money with them they’ll say, “I’m coming back tomorrow and I’m going to buy a pretzel from you guys, so make sure you are here.””
The Ambler Campus community has helped hundreds of families enjoy a holiday meal that might have otherwise been unavailable to them.
The drive started at the end of October and will continue until right before Thanksgiving.
For more information about how you can help the Temple Turkey Drive, visit ambler.temple.edu.