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Students show warm hearts during snowstorm

February 1, 2010 : University Advancement staff

Saturday’s snowfall, which blanketed Liberty University with about 10 inches, caused some services to be scaled back — but that didn’t stop students’ volunteer efforts.

At Liberty’s Reber-Thomas Dining Hall — the main campus dining hall — a group of 12 students saw that Liberty University Dining Services was understaffed Saturday night due to poor road conditions, and they decided to stay after their meal and assist with cleanup and dishes.

Doug Pugh, general manager, said he was overcome “with admiration and gratitude.”
In a letter he wrote to the students Monday morning, he said he was reminded that “Liberty University students are not your ‘typical’ college kids.”

“Your selfless act and spirit of giving is an inspiration to me and to our entire management team! I cannot fully express how much I appreciate what you did nor how impressed I continue to be with the caliber of people that Liberty attracts,” he told the students.

He also announced that Liberty University Dining Services would be adding $25 in meal plan points to each of the volunteer students’ meal plans.

When Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. got wind of the news, he told Pugh that “LU kids never cease to amaze me with their acts of kindness and positive outlook on life. I hear comments from local folks all the time about how they can tell which waiters and waitresses are LU kids when they go out to eat just by how friendly they are. This is the best way to witness for Christ — by example.”


Liberty University Dining Services is operated by Sodexo, which provides food services and facilities management at more than 400 colleges and universities.