September 29, 2023

CSU Serves Community for the Holidays

For the last month, the faculty and staff at Columbia Southern University have been competing in a neck-and-neck, ruthless competition—to see who can bring in the most cans to feed needy families in the Orange Beach, Alabama area.

To give back to the city that gives us so much, CSU is constantly looking for ways to contribute to those in surrounding communities. During November, the race to bring in cans of food to feed local families is our way of giving back every year.

This year, our fourth consecutive year of participating in the Turkey Take Out food drive, CSU employees donated more than 6,700 canned goods and $600 during the month of November.

“This tremendous effort by our staff and faculty was simply amazing,” said CSU Director of Employee Activities Vicki Barnes. “CSU has always been a strong supporter of charitable events like the Turkey Take Out in the Gulf Coast Alabama area. I have to say it is humbling to know we can help so many through the gift of food.”

Turkey Take Out, a charity event created by Foley Elementary School, was established to provide families with a warm meal on Thanksgiving Day as well as non-perishable food items to fill pantries. Turkey Take Out is a community partnership of businesses, churches and organizations with Foley Elementary School that began after local church leaders and citizens learned of the severe need of many of the elementary school’s students.

Do you participate in any local charity events during the Thanksgiving holiday? We would love to hear about the different ways CSU students and alumni are serving their communities. Please leave a comment below and share the ways you give back during November.