Students collect thousands of cans as part of Homecoming

October 31, 2012
By Bill Krueger

Much of what goes on during Homecoming week is about having fun — concerts, contests and parades.

But NC State is also committed to service, so it should be no surprise that Homecoming week includes events such as a blood drive and a clean-up of Hillsborough Street.

And, today, a canned food drive culminated with several student organizations — from fraternities and sororities to college councils — bringing the cans they had collected to the Brickyard. There, student ambassadors for the Alumni Association helped collect thousands of cans that will be donated to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina.

The collection got started around noon with more than 1,000 cans donated by students in the College of Textiles. “It’s a great cause,” said Carl Santos, a junior from Wake Forest, N.C., who is president of the Tomkpkins Textile Student Council, which organized the college’s effort. “With the hurricane, there are going to be a lot of people in need of food.”

Christopher Lawing, a sophomore from Charlotte, N.C., helped organize the canned food drive as part of a week-long Homecoming Spirit competition that included a craziest fan contest, a cupcake contest and a banner contest. Lawing is a student ambassador with the Alumni Association, which stages most of the events during Homecoming week.

“Last year, we collected 11,000 cans,” Lawing said. “I would love to beat that this year.”

They appeared to be well on their way as the cans piled up through the afternoon. One fraternity brought more than 3,000 cans for the drive.

Carl Santos delivers cans collected by students at the College of Textiles

THE CANNED FOOD DRIVE BEGINS: Carl Santos delivers cans collected by students at the College of Textiles

THE CANNED FOOD DRIVE NEARS THE END: Christopher Lawing tosses more cans onto the growing pile

THE CANNED FOOD DRIVE NEARS THE END: Christopher Lawing tosses more cans onto the growing pile

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