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ACU students, faculty, staff share meals, money and home with others

For immediate release
Nov. 19, 2004

Despite the fast-approaching final papers, projects and tests, each holiday season Abilene Christian University faculty, staff and students find ways to share the spirit of Thanksgiving. This year, several ACU employees are opening their homes to students who are not able to go home for the holidays and student organizations have been raising money to provide Thanksgiving meals for needy families in Abilene.

Susan Green, adjunct faculty in the Department of Marriage and Family Therapy, and her husband open their home to international students every Friday evening for dinner and a devotional led by Ronnie Rama, assistant professor of architecture. This Friday, Nov. 19, instead of preparing the ethnic food that is usually served, Green is preparing a traditional Thanksgiving meal for anywhere from 40-100 students. The food is paid for by Hillcrest Church of Christ.

"God blessed us with a large house, and we have been given this opportunity to minister and meet students from all over the world," Green said. "Tonight's dinner will be the first time that many of these students have ever eaten a traditional Thanksgiving meal and we’ll be welcoming students into our home who will not be able to go home during the holidays."

The international student services office also offered international students the opportunity to be "adopted" for the holidays by a faculty or staff member. Celia Deeds, administrative coordinator in the creative services office, adopted four students from Madagascar, and all four will join her and her husband for Thanksgiving dinner.

"This program is an opportunity for me to give something back to students,” Deeds said. "I have been blessed by my interactions with students, and getting involved with the international students is a way for me to welcome them into my home since they do not have the opportunity to go to their own home."

The Service Action Leadership Team is working for a third year with Taylor Elementary School to provide Thanksgiving meals for about 50 families. Each year, SALT has asked students, faculty and staff to donate money for the meals, which are $45 each. Students have the opportunity to donate money in daily Chapel assemblies and through their student organizations. Members of SALT will hand deliver the meals to the families Monday, Nov. 21.

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