NMC students skate into the spirit of Thanksgiving with fundraiser

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) Professional Communications students are helping local families this Thanksgiving with the tenth annual Food for Thought Thanks-for-Giving experiential learning project.

Student goals are to improve their professional communication skills through experiential learning and to help their community by donating 125 boxed Thanksgiving day dinners for families to take home and cook. The class is partnering with the NMC Food Pantry and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan to donate to NMC student families and families in the Traverse City community. Boxes will be distributed at the NMC gym on November 20.

“It feels good to know that we’re serving the community and learning at the same time, instead of taking this class solely for the purpose of getting the credits we need to graduate,” said student Meredith Kilbourn.

Donations are being collected in a month-long drive where donors have the chance to win prizes like a weekend stay at the Delamar Hotel, an Elev8 family climbing package, a wine tasting for six at Chateau Chantal, and other prizes by donating $10 or more at nmc.edu/give. (Choose the amount, select “designate my gift to other,” and type in “Thanks For Giving.”) Donors can only enter the prize drawing once. Winners will be announced after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Community members also have the option to donate at a glow skate event hosted by the NMC class on November 3 between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at the Howe Ice Arena in the Traverse City Civic Center. The glow skate will be $10 to enter and $5 to rent ice skates.

The final option to assist in their efforts would be to donate pop cans in their marked bins, found in NMC’s North Hall, East Hall, Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center and Parsons-Stulen Building. The bins will be collected twice a week from now until November 13. Pick-up/drop-off options are available by contacting one of the individuals below.

Release date: OCTOBER 18, 2023

For more information:

Isabella Cronk
Marketing Leader
(231) 649-3534

Kristy McDonald
Business Instructor
(231) 995-1059



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