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2011.03.14 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

‘Just Can It!’ Fundraiser Returns to Crossroads Mall April 4

Omaha - The Salvation Army in Omaha has again partnered with University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Greek students to raise awareness about homelessness in Omaha.

Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and Alpha Xi Delta sorority will participate in the eighth annual “Just Can It!” event Monday, April 4 through Friday, April 8. The students will sleep outside in cardboard boxes at the Crossroads Mall parking lot to raise awareness about homelessness.

A kick-off event is planned for noon on Monday, April 4 at the Crossroads Mall parking lot. Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle and UNO Chancellor John Christensen have been invited.

All UNO students are encouraged to collect monetary and food donations throughout the week for the Salvation Army. Donations can be dropped off anytime at the Crossroads Mall parking lot that week.

The Feinstein Foundation has hosted a donor match for the Salvation Army in April. The more donations the Salvation Army receives through the “Just Can It!” event, the closer the Salvation Army will get to receiving $1 million from the Feinstein Foundation.

In 2010, Pi Kappa Alpha and Alpha Xi Delta collected more than 30,000 food items for the Salvation Army. This year’s goal is 50,000 canned food items.

Contact Bill Larsen, Pi Kappa Alpha, for more information: (402) 301-5970.

Event sponsors include Journal Broadcast Group (Channel 94.1 FM), Mayflower, Super Mover Center, SAM Store and Move, No Frills Supermarkets, Tenaska Business Park, Crossroads Mall and UNO.

No Frills Supermarkets customers can also make donations in-store March 30 through April 12. Money raised will be presented to the Salvation Army.

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