The George Washington lacrosse team is dedicated to making a direct impact within the local community. For the past three years, the team has run a Thanksgiving Day basket collection within the GW Department of Athletics and Recreation.
"We are passionate about running the collection because Thanksgiving is a holiday of bringing people together - not about gifts, but about being thankful," said senior Jacqui Stevens. "What better way to show our appreciation than help out our own community with the essentials - everybody eats."
The team asks for laundry baskets filled with a range of non-perishable items including typical Thanksgiving staples ranging from canned vegetables, instant mashed potatoes, stuffing mix and cranberry sauce. This year the team collected more than 30 baskets thanks to the help of many GW athletics teams that participated. The baskets were taken to the Foggy Bottom Food Pantry, just blocks from campus, which supports the needs of about 150-250 people every Saturday.
Stevens, who helped organize and run the collection, spoke warmly about the experience. "My grandmother always said that meals are really just good memories," she said. "So providing these baskets means we are really providing a good memory to someone who desperately needs it. And as one can imagine, that means a whole lot."