Giving thanks by giving

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than with your friends in Athens?

Well, there is one thing: giving back to the community.

As many of us are consumed by merely Ohio University life within Athens, it’s easy to overlook the surrounding community. So why not show our gratefulness by giving to those in need? According to, 94.4 percent of residents in Athens have an income below the poverty line, which means many of them can’t afford the means to have a Thanksgiving buffet (with ample leftovers) like many of us do.

poverty Athens county

Photo from the Athens News.

In addition to this, according to an article in The Athens News, the problem with poverty is only increasing. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to utilize your leftover meals and extra canned foods around your house or apartment. The Athens Food Pantry and Ray of Hope pantry are excellent places to donate your unused goods to. Currently, the Athens Food pantry is in dire need of canned fruits and peanut butter, while the Ray of Hope pantry’s shelves are nearly empty. Not to mention, around this time of the year, food drives aren’t difficult to find, from group organizations donating to campus-wide events.

It’s easy to say you’re grateful for your family, friends, cat, dog, etc., but putting your thoughts into actions is a much better way to demonstrate how grateful your really are. Tis the season of giving, and it’s time that we start to give more than we take.

If you’re interested in donating to the Athens Food Pantry, call 740.590.7051 to arrange a time to drop off your donation. A volunteer will be glad to assist you.  



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