2008.03.11 > For Immediate Release
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UNO Students to Collect Food for Salvation Army
Omaha - Members of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and Alpha Xi Delta sorority at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) are leading the challenge to collect 10,000 canned food items for the Salvation Army Food Pantry and its North Omaha Feeding Program. No Frills Supermarkets, Tenaska, Two Men and a Truck, and Channel 94.1 FM are sponsoring the fourth annual “Just Can It” food drive.
The drive runs Monday, April 14 through Friday, April 18. Donations of food can be dropped off at the Salvation Army blue barrels, identified with the Army's familiar red shield, at various locations around UNO. No Frills supermarkets will host a “round it up” campaign where customers can donate their change or more to raise money to buy canned food goods. This will be held at all No Frills locations April 9 through 22.
UNO students will be “homeless” outdoors in the UNO Pep Bowl, just north of Caniglia Field, each night of the collection week. Their homes will be converted from cardboard boxes. Students have planned a variety of activities to attract interest and donations of food and money towards the purchase of additional food for the Salvation Army.
The Tenaska Business Challenge, a corporate effort to collect food for the Salvation Army, will also again be held this year. Employees of Tenaska and designated neighboring businesses will collect donations April 14 through 25.
The food drive will officially kick off during a brief ceremony on the UNO Henningson Plaza (south of the Milo Bail Student Center) Monday, April 14, at noon. UNO Chancellor John Christensen will attend the event along with a representative from Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey's office, Salvation Army divisional commander Major Merle Heatwole, other event sponsors and several Salvation Army representatives.
During the ceremony, the Pancake Man will serve hotcakes to the crowd. Students will be accepting donations all day Monday and each day and night of the week. Special activities will take place each night, including a house-building contest, flag football, kickball, a casino night, a tailgate, and the “Golden Can” competition.
For more information on the "Just Can It" event, contact student organizer Michael Crabb at (402) 850-9146.
UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning October 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.
UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.
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