October 19, 2020 - Members of Stephen F. Austin State University’s Jacks Council on Family Relations (JCFR) are gearing up for their annual food drive, Thanksgiving Homebound.
Recognized last year by the National Council on Family Relations as a model student-run project, Thanksgiving Homebound has helped more than 100 local families every year since 2011.
“Last year, with the support of SFA organizations and community members, we were able to provide Thanksgiving meals to 150 families in the Nacogdoches community,” said Lindsey Lightfoot, JCFR president. “With COVID-19, we know families in our community are more in need than ever.”
JCFR asks campus organizations, departments, faculty and staff, students and Nacogdoches community members to donate food items families can use to prepare a Thanksgiving meal along with gift items for family members.
“The Thanksgiving Homebound program is a great opportunity to connect with the community and ensure an underprivileged family will have a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner,” Lightfoot said.
Those interested in participating should contact JCFR at firstname.lastname@example.org to adopt a family. The group will provide a shopping list and general description of the family to help participants purchase food items and gifts.
After collecting the items in an appropriately sized container, participants need to deliver them to JCFR between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Nov. 9 and 10 and between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 11 in the Baker Pattillo Student Center, Room 1.204.
Donated items will be distributed to families through The East Texas Family Crisis Center, Solid Foundation and GETCAP Head Start.
For more information, contact JCFR at email@example.com.
Lindsey Lightfoot, president of Stephen F. Austin State University’s Jacks Council on Family Relations, helps sort the food and gift items donated for 150 local families during Thanksgiving Homebound in 2019. “With COVID-19, we know families in our community are more in need than ever,” Lightfoot said.