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Friday, November 25, 2016

Rivier collects 491 Thanksgiving baskets

By Telegraph staff

NASHUA - Rivier University's annual Thanksgiving Basket Project exceeded its record-breaking 2015 season.

Students, staff and alumni collected a total of 491 baskets and turkeys for local families in this community service project that included food and cash donations. The Campus Ministry Office organized the event and gathered the baskets for presentation in the Dion Center Reception Room. ...

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NASHUA - Rivier University's annual Thanksgiving Basket Project exceeded its record-breaking 2015 season.

Students, staff and alumni collected a total of 491 baskets and turkeys for local families in this community service project that included food and cash donations. The Campus Ministry Office organized the event and gathered the baskets for presentation in the Dion Center Reception Room.

Keeping with tradition, an Interfaith Thanksgiving Prayer Service was held Nov. 22 to give thanks and bless the food, volunteers, recipients and community.

"Recognizing the needs of our neighbors, we celebrate Thanksgiving through this generous outpouring," Sister Paula Marie Buley, Rivier president, said in a press statement. "May we always be mindful of and willingly fulfill the needs of others."

Rivier students, as well as staff members, offered words of thanksgiving and prayer during the service.

Students and staff from Sunset Heights Elementary School, a community partner in the project, attended the service. The school has contributed to the project for 28 years with food drive donations.

Thirteen Greater Nashua agencies attended the service, after which the food baskets were loaded into their waiting vehicles by Rivier students, coaches, faculty and staff.

Partnering agencies for 2016 include Anne-Marie House, CareGivers, Corpus Christi Food Pantry, Greater Nashua Mental Health at Community Council, Healthy at Home, HIV/AIDS Task Force, Keystone Hall, Nashua Foundation for Oncology/Hematology, Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter, New Hampshire Catholic Charities, Salvation Army, Title One and, for the first time, Community Outreach Resource & Education Center.

"I am continuously amazed by the response of the Rivier community," Kristin Nelson, director of Campus Ministry, said in a statement. "Their annual support of this project serves as an example and inspiration to all."