Hunger and Homelessness Action Week 2004 Provides Opportunities to Offer Aid

Posted: November 17, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The George Mason University Campus Ministry Association is sponsoring various donation drives this week as part of Action Week 2004. All donations should be brought to the Johnson Center, Room 116, on the Fairfax Campus, unless otherwise specified. The drives continue through Friday of this week.

Options for donations are:

  • “Give Change 2 Make Change”—Buy a spoon, feed a child. When you make a contribution, you will receive a spoon pin representing the person you have helped feed. Proceeds benefit Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger. Sponsored by George Mason University Hillel and the Jewish Student Association.
  • Canned goods and gift cards—Donate nonperishable food items or a Giant or Safeway gift card. Donations will be collected at the Johnson Center on the Fairfax Campus to benefit a local food pantry. Donations left at the information booth on the second floor of the Original Building on the Arlington Campus will benefit Bread for the City. Sponsored by United College Ministries, Arlington Campus Information Services, and the Center for Service and Leadership.
  • Thanksgiving baskets—Put together a Thanksgiving basket for a needy family through the Arlington Community Center. Include the following: one $10 Safeway/Giant gift card for a turkey or ham, one bag of stuffing mix, 10 potatoes, two cans of cranberry sauce, canned green beans and corn, one baked dessert (not frozen), and a Thanksgiving card signed by your family or office. Sponsored by Catholic Campus Ministry and the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

  • Coats, hats, scarves, gloves, and blankets—Donated items (only those specified) will be given to the homeless in Washington, D.C. Any extra items will be donated to a homeless shelter. Donations will be collected at the Johnson Center on the Fairfax Campus. Donations at the Prince William Campus will be collected tomorrow through next Wednesday, Nov. 24, and should be brought to the lobby of the Occoquan Building where a box will be set up near the information center. Sponsored by Campus Crusade for Christ and the Prince William Campus University Life Office.

  • Toiletries drive—Help area homeless shelters and social services fill their constant need for soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, laundry detergent, paper towels, and new socks. Donations will be collected at the Johnson Center on the Fairfax Campus. Sponsored by the Baha’i Club, and the College of Visual and Performing Arts.
  • Knitting and Craft Sale—Students will sell knitted items and other crafts all week long in the Johnson Center, Room 116, to benefit The Barbara Fund. The proceeds will benefit Barbara, a middle-aged homeless woman who needs help to get back on her feet.

In addition, there are two related events still to come this week. The Hunger Banquet will be held tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. in the SUB II Ballroom. The banquet will provide a glimpse of the disparity of wealth between different parts of the world. This year’s focus will be on world hunger and fair trade. The cost is $3 or three canned goods. The event is sponsored by the Center for Service and Leadership.

On Sunday, Nov. 21, the four-mile Crop Walk will support the international relief efforts of Church World Service and local social service agencies. George Mason walkers will leave from the parking lot behind the St. Robert Bellarmine Chapel on Roberts Rd. near Presidents Park at 1 p.m. The walk begins at 2 p.m. at Living Savior Lutheran Church in Burke. For more walk information and sponsor packets, visit Kiosk C in the Johnson Center or contact Jessie Aldrich at

For more information on these activities, contact the sponsoring organization, or call John More at 703-425-0022 or e-mail

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