By: Alie Schrieber ’13
ACES had a busy week this week! Both the Thanksgiving Basket Drive and the Sponsor a Snowman programs were in full swing in preparation for this holiday season.
The Thanksgiving Basket Drive, now entering its 12th year, provides all the food necessary for a Thanksgiving dinner to 100 families from MD Fox Elementary School. The baskets include a turkey, stuffing, gravy, vegetables, cranberry sauce, fruit, rolls, juice, and a homemade pie made by students living in Praxis.
In order to fund the baskets ACES reaches out to academic departments, faculty, staff, and students. The Student Athlete Advisory Committee makes a huge campaign amongst all the sports teams for this event and this year they donated over $2,500. Also this year Psi Upsilon made a generous monetary donation as well as donating some trays and food that will be put directly in the baskets. Emily Howe ‘13, ACES Co-President, stated that: “The Thanksgiving Basket Drive is such an important event, and ACES could not be happier with the support we received from the Trinity community this year. We are thrilled to have exceeded our original fundraising goal this year!” ACES collected over $5,000, which is more then enough to fund all 100 baskets this Thanksgiving.
The food for the baskets was purchased and then compiled into baskets over the weekend by ACES members. This past Monday student volunteers from athletic teams as well as students in the IDP program delivered the baskets to the elementary school in time for Thanksgiving so that all 100 families could have the traditional Thanksgiving dinner.
The other major event ACES runs this time of year is Sponsor a Snowman. While explaining why she loves this event Howe said “Sponsor a Snowman is fun for all! Students and faculty love finding the perfect gift for their child, and the children are always so excited to receive the gift they have been hoping for. It’s a great way to spread holiday joy!”
ACES works annually with the Interval House to collect gifts for 134 children who would otherwise go without a gift. The children range in age from newborns-18 years old and ACES members wrote each of their wishes on a snowman. Students can go to Mather and choose a snowman and purchase a gift on their wish list. Devon McGillivray ’13 is a past participant and when asked why she chose to participate she responded: “Sponsor a Snowman just seemed like a great idea in the spirit of giving during the holiday season”. All gifts will be collected in the Community Service office (in the basement of Mather) by December 5th, so be sure to swing by and chose a snowman so that you can help ACES give presents to children in need this holiday season!