June 23, 2024


Columbia Southern University (CSU) employees recently donated more than 100 canned goods and $65, given by remote employees, as part of the university’s participation in the area’s annual Turkey Take-Out food drive for Thanksgiving.

“CSU has always been a strong supporter of charitable events in our area and this year’s Turkey Take-Out is our way of helping those in need in the Gulf Coast Alabama area by donating to Anchor Point Church in Foley,” said CSU Director of Community and Alumni Relations Mimi Henning. “This church provides meals and food to families, and we are happy to donate to their efforts. It is humbling to know we can support so many through the gift of food.”

The church will add the donations to their delivery effort to provide meals and food items to help approximately 204 families in Baldwin County during the holiday. Melody Gardner, events and outreach coordinator at Anchor Point, added that her church and Church at the Shores in Gulf Shores are Turkey Take-Out locations in Baldwin. She said that church is set to help 111 families.

Gardner added that the organization helps needy families who are referred through local school counselors.

“We ask them to send a form home with students who are on the free or reduced lunch program,” explained Gardner. “We love working with the counselors and social workers at the schools because they know the families that are in most need.

“We are so thankful for the donation from CSU! It takes all of us doing our part to help our community and we cannot thank CSU enough for partnering with us to help families in our community this year,” Gardner added.

Turkey Take-Out was established to provide families with food during Thanksgiving as well as non-perishable food items to fill area food pantries. Turkey Take-Out is a community partnership of local businesses, churches and organizations.

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