Business Of Sharing Comes Naturally To James Madison Students
Posted: November 16, 2012
HARRISONBURG — Up until the last minute on Thursday, James Madison University students in the College of Business continued to deliver food to Zane Showker Hall to benefit the Harrisonburg Salvation Army.
“They were coming in … wondering if they got there in time,” said Capt. Duane Burleigh, who heads the local Salvation Army.
When the last contributions had been collected Thursday, about 4,700 canned goods and nonperishable items had been gathered for the Salvation Army’s annual Thanksgiving meal and to help stock the organization’s pantry.
“The number of items that were given by the students has increased [each year],” said Chuck Baril, professor of accounting at JMU and coordinator of JMU’s participation in the holiday food drive.
This is the fourth year the College of Business’ Diversity Council at JMU has hosted the annual drive, Baril said.
The items donated will go toward the total raised by the Brent Berry Food Drive, an annual program run by its 13-year-old namesake and his family. Representatives with that drive, set to formally kick off Dec. 15, facilitated the partnership between the College of Business and the Salvation Army.
According to Patricia May, director of communications for the College of Business, students around Showker Hall showed initiative Thursday as they volunteered to carry cans from the building’s upper levels down to a truck provided by Eagle Carpet.
“I think it’s just tremendous that a lot of these young people that come from other areas of the state or the country are concerned about the Shenandoah Valley,” Burleigh said of the JMU students who donated goods to the drive. “They realize people are hurting and they just want to help out. That speaks a lot about our young people.”
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