Sigma Sigma Phi donates Thanksgiving baskets

Service based organization at ATSU in Kirksville, MO
Service based organization at ATSU in Kirksville, MO(source: KYOU)
Published: Nov. 21, 2020 at 8:32 AM CST
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KIRKSVILLE, Missouri (KYOU) -It’s that time of year again. The temperature is dropping, the leaves are turning and people are giving back to their communities. One organization, in particular, is a little closer to home.

The Alpha chapter of Sigma Sigma Phi which is a service-based organization at ATSU in Kirksville Missouri teamed up with the salvation army to donate thanksgiving baskets to low-income families.

Andrew LaRow, who is a member of the organization, says “Every year we get in contact with the community and say hey we’re trying to put together these baskets to help needy families out. We send out the call and people donate money, we buy the stuff and we give it to the Salvation Army and they hand out the baskets because they are the pickup point.”

Inside those baskets are meals for three to four people such as canned goods, stuffing, and a 25 dollar gift card from Hy-Vee so that they can buy a turkey.

LaRow says they surpassed this year’s goal.

“So our original goal was 100 baskets and that’s how many they had last year, and our first push was to match that but we ended up getting 150 baskets and so doing some math that’s at least 300 people so that’s exciting.”

He shares why giving back is important to him.

“ATSU is invested in this community and we’re willing to step up for everyone in this town”

The baskets have been shipped out and will be ready for pick up on Monday the 23rd.

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