Jamestown Community College's athletics department has hit the streets with the goal of filling a truck with food donations for St. Susan Center.
Keith Martin, Jamestown Community College athletic director, and Matt Cummings, co-event coordinator, have spent the past two days collecting donations from the community at the Jamestown Cycle Shop on Harrison Street. Via the Community Holiday Haul project, Martin and Cummings have a goal of filling a truck of food donations for St. Susan Center soup kitchen of Jamestown.
According to Martin, the project is two-fold: raising awareness of St. Susan Center and the good deeds it does as well as giving back to the community for the support it has shown JCC's athletics.
Matt Cummings, co-event coordinator, and Keith Martin, Jamestown Community College athletic director, are pictured at the Jamestown Cycle Shop on Harrison Street. Via the Community Holiday Haul project, Martin and Cummings have a goal of filling a truck of food donations for St. Susan Center soup kitchen of Jamestown.
P-J photo by Dusten Rader
"It's unfortunate that there is a need, but I think people should know that as of Dec. 1 St. Susan Center has already served more than 100,000 meals this year," Martin said. "During this time of year everybody's looking for a way to give back, and this cause is worthy of support."
Suggested donations include gift cards from grocery stores, fruits, vegetables, pasta, noodles, potatoes, rice, sauces, tomatoes and juice. But, monetary donations are also accepted, and greatly appreciated, said Martin.
Cummings, a former JCC athlete, joined the project at the request of Martin, but is glad he did because it gave him an opportunity to give back the community that has supported him, he said.
"It's been going well, people have been coming throughout the day for both food and monetary donations." Cummings said. "The truck's almost full, and it's really been wonderful to see so many different types of people coming to give whatever they can for such a good cause."
One Jamestown resident, Cynthia Baker, brought a check to make a monetary donation.
"I have been so blessed, so I wanted to help others who are not as fortunate as I am," Baker said. "The St. Susan Center does such a good job, and I don't want people to go hungry - especially during the holiday season."
The project wraps up today, and Martin will only be at the Jamestown Cycle Shop, 10 Harrison St. in Jamestown, until 3 p.m.