A day of Thanksgiving - 2011

  • Wednesday, November 23, 2011

    PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - (Nov. 23, 2011) - UMES' Office of Resident Life collected food for the third year in a row and distributed baskets to needy Eastern Shore families during the Thanksgiving holiday.

    Project organizers say they had enough donations to provide 600 meals, twice the number from a year ago.

    The 2011 UMES Thanksgiving food drive met its goal of helping 600 families.

    This year, with the tremendous leadership efforts of Phillip Thomas and Clifton Harcum, the Thanksgiving project teamed with the Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at Salisbury University to reached additional residents in the area.

    More than 200 UMES student-volunteers turned out on a Saturday morning to fill each box with donated food from campus donors, food vendors and the Maryland Food Bank.

     "Seeing the happy faces of family members when they are handed a basket - that's the payoff for our efforts," Thomas said.

    Thomas and Harcum were featured on WMDT's "Good Things Delmarva" Wed., Nov. 23 for a live, in-studio interview.

    "Many families expressed their overwhelming gratitude, and demonstrated relief at not having to experience Thanksgiving without food," said Marvin Jones, residence life director.

    "What we take for granted in our families was made possible for many others through the diligence and expert planning of Harcum and Thomas" Jones said.

    Ronnie Holden, UMES' vice president for administrative affairs, called the project a "'Herculean' effort.  This is truly a blessing for many, and which you will receive blessings."


    Ashley A. Collier, public relations assistant, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-651-6669, aacollier@umes.edu