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Liberty Student Athletes Participate in Thanks-for-Giving Campaign
With the Thanksgiving holiday complete and the Christmas season in full swing, Liberty student-athletes, in the spirit of the season, recently completed the second-annual Thanks-for-Giving clothing drive.
The campaign, organized by Liberty's Academic Affairs for Athletics' Life Skills Coordinator Morgaine Godwin, collected over 600 articles of clothing, which will be distributed to the Daily Bread of Lynchburg.
With the weather getting colder, the Daily Bread will be able to give the much-needed articles of clothing to those in need in the community. Clothing articles collected included t-shirts, jackets, coats, shoes, gloves and hats. The clothing ranged in size from infant to children and all the way up to adult.
"What our student athletes were able to do in the Thanks-for-Giving drive was so impressive considering the current state of the economy," commented commented Kristie Beitz, Liberty's Associate Athletic Director for Academic Affairs. "Liberty's student athletes continue to display a selfless attitude and willingness and desire to help those in need."
Student athletes collected donations from family members, friends, churches and even purchased some of the clothing themselves. The day the event ended the Flames golf team was recognized as the team with the most items collected. Some of the other teams, in a display of their competitive nature, continued to collect clothing and over 200 additional items were gathered.
"We are so impressed that with each event we do, our student athletes continue to exceed our expectations and raise the bar of success," stated Godwin. "They worked very hard during this campaign and we are very excited to see what will come of their generosity."
In addition to the clothing items, the Academic Affairs for Athletics office is also in the midst of putting together bags containing personal care items, which will also be distributed to the Daily Bread.