Rivier University Thanksgiving Basket Project sets a new record

University provides Nashua area agencies with 470 baskets to distribute to local families 

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Rivier University’s annual Thanksgiving Basket Project surpassed last year’s total with 470 food baskets and boxes of additional items collected. BasketPrep2015

Rivier students, staff, faculty and religious assembled the Thanksgiving baskets for distribution to local agencies as part of an Interfaith Thanksgiving Prayer Service held on Rivier’s campus. The baskets included various holiday food items for local families in need, along with Thanksgiving turkeys.

“The food baskets surrounding us today serve as an icon to the reality of 'transforming hearts and minds to serve the world’,” says Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, President. “For they speak to a practical witness and tangible action in response to the needs of others.”
In addition to Sister Paula and University administrators, Rivier students offered words of thanksgiving and prayer during the service. A community partner in this project, Sunset Heights Elementary School students and staff attended the service; they have contributed to this project for the past 27 years with food drive donations.

Twelve Nashua-area agencies attended the service and gratefully collected the baskets. Rivier students assisted in transporting the baskets and other food donations to waiting agency vehicles following the service.

Partnering agencies this year include Anne Marie House, CareGivers, Inc., Corpus Christi Food Pantry, Greater Nashua Mental Health at Community Council, Harbor Homes, HIV/AIDS Task Force, Keystone Hall, Nashua Foundation for Oncology/Hematology, Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter, NH Catholic Charities, The Salvation Army and Title One.

“This is my first year on staff at Rivier University,” says Kristin Nelson, Director of Campus Ministry, “and I am truly blessed to be part of this amazing community. The outpouring of generosity in support of this project, and ultimately the needs of the greater Nashua community, has been truly inspiring.”