Make America Give Again: Charity at the Mount

By James McVey

It is quite easy to get lost in the hustle n’ bustle of day-to-day life, but there are always those who have less. If that doesn’t sway you, many people report feeling better after donating either time or money to a charitable cause. To raise a community up, you need to be willing to extend a hand at times. The Mount actively plays a role in providing aid through myriad means to the extended Newburgh community. Mount Saint Mary College stays true to its Catholic and Dominican traditions by setting a shining example for both the community, and world at large.

During the annual Spirit of the Mount week, students participated in Coin Wars, which uses the money raised by each class year to purchase food for the Thanksgiving food drive. Each class was provided an opportunity to design a jar that emanated the theme they selected and tried to earn as many points as possible.

This competitive take on raising money based on the following system: penny = 1pt, nickel =-5pts, dime =-10pts, quarter =-25pts, naturally leading students to place silver coins in any jar that didn’t belong to their class. This year shattered all prior Coin War records, with a total of $1,817.64 being raised for the annual Thanksgiving food drive.

The food drive, which follows Spirit of the Mount week, runs from Oct. 29 to Nov. 19. Campus Ministry is partnered with the Student Athlete Advisory Committee to help with the drive. You can come to an athletic game and bring a canned good donation or bring food donations directly to Campus Ministry. Items that are accepted for donations include but are not limited to: canned fruit, canned beans, canned sweet potatoes, bagged rice, canned turkey gravy, instant mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, boxed stuffing and any canned vegetables.

The Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Student Ambassadors are always hosting food and clothing drives, along with delivering food to those in need. The CRS also has hosted both refugee and poverty simulations to give a glimpse into life from a very different perspective.

From Nov. 3 to Nov. 4, several student run clubs banded together for a great cause. Allies, Gaming Group, Improvology and Knight Productions hosted Extra Life, where they called upon students to “Play games, heal kids, be a hero.”

The organization Extra Life allows organizations to play video games for a 25-hour marathon to raise money for their local children’s hospital. This year the Mount raised about $1,300 for the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital.