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Library staff donates items and volunteers time

The Regent University Library faculty and staff recently completed their third annual Thanksgiving & Christmas service projects to help those in need. Instead of exchanging gifts, they collected food and toys to be donated to the Union Mission. Then, on December 5, they gathered at the Union Mission’s warehouse in Norfolk to deliver their donations and help sort other food received in preparation for distribution to needy families in Hampton Roads. Some members of the group worked on the initial unpacking of the many boxes and bags of food donated to the Mission. The expiration dates and condition of the cans and boxes were checked. The items were then sorted by type of food and stacked on the corresponding shelves. Later, other groups of volunteers will take the items from the shelves to fill boxes that will provide holiday meals for hundreds of poor families. In addition to helping the Union Mission, the Library staff also collected cash and gift items for Jabez Rapaka, founder of Love & Hope Ministries, to take with him on his mission trip to India later this month.

Library staff volunteers at Union Mission

Written by Georgianne Bordner, University Librarian

The Regent University Library staff and faculty celebrated Thanksgiving by giving of themselves to help those in need in Hampton Roads. Instead of sharing a traditional potluck meal together, they collected food to be donated to the Union Mission. Then, on the afternoon of November 22, they gathered at the Union Mission’s warehouse in Norfolk to deliver their donations and help sort other food received in preparation for distribution to hungry families. Some members of the group worked on the initial unpacking of the many boxes and bags of food donated to the Mission. Large-size items that were not appropriate for distribution to families were set aside to provide meals for residents of the Mission’s homeless shelters. The expiration dates and condition of the rest of the cans and boxes were checked. The items were then passed on to another group that sorted them by type of food and stacked them on the corresponding shelves. Later, other groups of volunteers will take the items from the shelves to fill boxes that will provide holiday meals for hundreds of needy families. The Library staff finished the afternoon tired, but happy to have had the opportunity to make a small contribution to this important ministry.