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Peru State College Students Make Tie Blankets for Center for Survivors in Columbus

The Peru State College Foundation hosted their Fourth Giving Day in October. As of Nov. 15, $73,707 has been raised from 93 unique donors.

In addition to the gifts, Peru State students contributed by participating in various volunteer events throughout the week.

At least 14 different student groups reported on their Giving Day service activities. Student organizations reporting their efforts included the Campus Activities Board (CAB), Peru Theatre Company (PTC), PRIDE, Peru Catholic Student Union (PCSU), Peru Association of Student Athletes (PASA), AIM, Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), Black Student Union (BSU), Science Club, Students Active in Leadership (SAIL), Collegiate FBLA, Optimist Club, Social Science Club, and Math Club.

Center for Survivors in Columbus was one of several organizations to benefit from Giving Day.

“For Giving Day, PASA, PCSU, and other student-athletes, made tie blankets for the Center for Survivors in Columbus, Nebraska. As representatives from our respective sports on campus, it was great to collaborate with the leaders of the athletic teams. Together, we enjoyed giving back to an organization which is providing an important service in its community and region,” PASA vice president Lara Wells, of Girard, Kansas, said.

The Center for Survivors is a non-profit organization that is committed to serving all victims of abuse. The two student groups collaborated on the project as Madison Wittwer of Columbus, president of PCSU and a member of PASA representing cross country and dance, proposed the idea. Wittwer will be delivering the blankets over the Thanksgiving break.

The Giving Day goals were set at securing 156 different donors on Giving Day and 156 student volunteers or hours during the week. The number 156 is significant as Peru State’s first day of classes was on Oct. 24, 1867 – 156 years ago.

While the goal for number of donors was not reached, it appears that student volunteers may have reached the goal of over 156 hours of community service, according to Carrie Burnham, Director of Student Activities and Programs at Peru State.

Contributors were able to donate to a program or fund of their choice. Project ROAR secured the most contributions – $58,508 – from 48 different donors. A total of $73,707 secured during the Giving Day made it the largest amount garnered since the inception of the event. Alumni and friends from 19 different states made a donation this year – the most states represented since the inception of the Giving Day.

Source : columbustelegram.com