Memorial Food Drive Helps Supply Food Banks
The Annual Jane Bullard Memorial Food Drive, sponsored by the Murray State College Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) club and assisted by the Gunsmithing Program and Remainders Club, was a big success again this year. The event was held on the campuses of Murray State College and in the surrounding communities. In all, more than 2-thousand food items were collected for area families.
Phi Beta Lambda adviser Randy Tanner and Gunsmithing Department Administrative Assistant Susan Reese assisted several students from the Gunsmithing Program in a “Stop and Drop” promotion in front of Sooner Foods in Tishomingo. Thanks to a great response from the community, close to 500 items were collected at the “Stop and Drop.” Assisting on the day was: Dustin Coble, John Tremblay, Richard Christian, Chase Corbin, Robert Webb, T. J. Batten, Frank Flavin, Mike Lynes, Jeff Hughes, Danny Byrd, Mike Tynes, Matthew Treptow, Benjamin Bese, Billy Nichols, Matt Couey and Chris Jacobson.
Math Remainders Club member Raymond Lain assisted PBL members at the University Center of Southern Oklahoma by providing boxes for donations. Throughout the week, students brought in donations to the drop-off locations on both campuses. MSC student workers Alec Smith, Elizabeth Verardi, Christy Krohn and Miranda Knight assisted members all week by accepting and counting the donations. By the end of the week, a total of 2118 food items were collected in the food drive.
When it came time to deliver the food, students and advisors made trips across the area. Deliveries were made to the Salvation Army and Loaves and Fishes food banks in Ardmore, the new Healdton food bank, the Closet Ministries and INCA in Tishomingo. Those assisting with deliveries were: students Natalie Mullins, TyLnn Smith, Alec Smith, Frank Flaven, Quincy Pohlman, Matthew Treptow, Karson Leibold, Monty Osborne, Benjamin Bese; MSC employees Susan Reese, MSC Social Science Department Chair Kirk Rodden, and PBL Advisors Syed Hasan and Kathy Bowen.
Phi Beta Lambda would like to thank everyone who participated in any way in this year's food drive. You can also help PBL in other community service efforts. PBL is continuing their can tab drive this year. Be sure to save the tabs from soda, pet food and canned food items during the holidays. You can drop them off in the MSC faculty offices in Ardmore or in Classroom suite 203 in Tishomingo.