Thanks to the generous support of Denmark Technical College students and employees more than two dozen area families will be sitting down to a wonderful feast this Thanksgiving.
The Academic Support Center-sponsored food drive placed boxes in all the buildings, collected and sorted the food and purchased additional needed groceries. The boxes included rice, cake mixes, gravy, assorted canned vegetables, cranberry sauce, soup, sugar, flour, cornbread mix and dinner rolls. Before delivery, an assortment of fresh fruit, onions, collards, potatoes and a frozen turkey or ham was added.
Enough food was collected to provide 21 families in Denmark Tech's service area with a Thanksgiving meal. Shannon Williams, Academic Support Center director, spearheaded the event.
“Because of what DTC has been able to accomplish, we can all sit down on Thanksgiving Day and know that we have made a difference as a college. A lot of people are eating because of us, and it is a good feeling.”
Individual departments often sponsor their own food drives at this time of year. The DTC Cosmetology Department filled three baskets full of food including canned goods, cake mixes, onions, rice and a turkey that they delivered to a local school for needy families.
Deborah Tollison, the lead instructor, said, “I like to do our own food drive so my students can participate in giving. At this time of the year, we need to be thankful for what God has given us and to share with others who are not as fortunate.”
The AOT Club is another group that sponsors its own food drive. They collect for a family whose child attends Denmark-Olar Middle School.
DTC Interim President Christopher Hall helped deliver some of the boxes.
“DTC is part of this community, and communities take care of each other. I am happy that we were able to help a few of our most needy residents during this holiday season.”