Thankful for Thanksgiving and so much more

Student Life packed the Hawk’s Nest for another successful – and delicious – Thanksgiving Feast. Hy-Vee catered the event, serving up turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, and of course, pumpkin pie. Staff and faculty donated baskets for a silent auction that was held, with proceeds going to United Way. Students waiting in line had an opportunity to view items in the baskets, write down their bids, and hope, with a thankful heart, to be the highest bidder.

The event was scheduled for 11am-1pm, but students started gathering around the decorated tables well in advance. However, not all who were there early were waiting for the food. They, instead, were thankful for a class that began at 11am, and hoped for food to be available when class let out. Other classes (like my small American Literature class with Professor David McFarland) held session in the Hawks Nest, so we were thankful for a great literature discussion over a delicious turkey dinner. (The professor, however, opted for a Subway lunch.)

Students lined up quickly when the food was ready, and the line stretched around the room for at least an hour as students and staff members came and went. Members of Student Life assisted with serving the food to thankful and hungry recipients.

Many students (while waiting in line) battled silently over auction items, thankful to use their prizes as Christmas gifts for themselves or family members. Even more showed their generosity in selecting angels from the Angel Tree to provide gifts to thankful children. Not a single child was left out as every Angel was selected.

I am thankful for many things in my life. My husband and children top the list, but I’m also thankful to be part of a learning community that is eager to help those around them. Thanks especially should go to Student Life, HyVee, and all who helped arrange, setup, and decorate to provide for this beautifully delicious Thanksgiving Event.