ORU students collect canned goods for Fall Outreach 2011

By Natasha Mitchell ('94)

Fall Outreach 2011 logoOn October 31, Oral Roberts University students will collect canned goods to donate to local food banks and ministries to help them meet the needs of families in Tulsa during the holiday season as well as internationally.

"SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) will be helping us to get churches involved this year where they can donate cans to our local efforts," said Bobby Parks, director of ORU Missions and Outreach."We will be partnering with World Vision on the global awareness/action initiative and John 3:16 on the local awareness/action initiative.

"We not only want to make a difference in the lives of families that live in our communities, but also provide long-term solutions to hunger for families in desperate situations all over the world."

On campus, ORU students, faculty and staff will be asked to bring 1-2 cans to Fall Outreach, which is headquartered at Christ's Chapel. The donations will stock ORU's food kitchen to help international commuter students who are struggling to stay fed without the ability to work off-campus due to student visas. The first 300 people who help will receive a free T-shirt and have a chance to win a free iPad 2 sponsored by the ORU Student Association.

Heavy-duty bags will be provided to student teams by the ORU SIFE team. Groups will need to have their own transportation. SIFE team leader Hannah Sweeney said the group is helping the Fall Outreach initiative by promoting the global hunger campaign involving each floor in the dormitories. ORU Outreach is partnering with World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.

"We are working with ORU missions by promoting a global hunger campaign by word of mouth to each wing," Sweeney said. "We are encouraging each wing to raise money and donate to villages in need. The funds will be used to buy certain things such as vegetables and help the farmers sell once their crops have been harvested."

About 12,000 canned goods were collected last year. ORU Student Association will host an after party outside of Christ's Chapel on campus.


Fall Outreach 2011 schedule

5:45-6:10 p.m. Orientation, Christ's Chapel

6:15-6:30 p.m. Travel to assigned neighborhoods

6:30-7:45 p.m. Can collection

7:45-8 p.m. Travel back to campus

8-8:30 p.m. Unload cans, Christ's Chapel

8-11 p.m. SA after-party (outside Christ's Chapel)