Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Northeastern Illinois University’s Office of Student Leadership Development will host Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week from Monday, Nov. 16, through Saturday, Nov. 21.

The office has planned a letter-writing campaign, a “hunger banquet” and is encouraging students to fast and then donate the money they save to charity.

“Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is not only a tool to teach students about important social issues, but it’s also another way that we connect and serve the Chicago community,” said Rae Joyce Baguilat, assistant director of the Office of Student Leadership Development.

The entire week, the office will be collecting donations of clothes, hats, socks and non-perishable food. There is also a “Sit & Knit” session every day in Village Square from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is a chance to make hats and scarves for homeless individuals.

Student Leadership Development volunteers also will deliver food to low-income families, families in crisis and senior citizens on Nov. 21. Donations of $40 will provide a local family in need with all the components of a Thanksgiving meal. Download the donation form online.