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National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week 2009 Kicks off Tonight with Movie Night

The Lutz Center for Community Service at Cedar Crest College has a host of activities planned for National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week 2009, to be observed on campus through this Saturday. This year’s efforts mark the ninth year of participation by the Cedar Crest community.

Below is the schedule of events. Unless otherwise stated, contact Kara W. or Katie G. at service@cedarcrest.edu or 610-606-4666, ext. 3438 for additional information on participation.

National Hunger and Homelessness Week—Schedule of Events at Cedar Crest College

Monday, November 16, 10 p.m.—Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Movie Night

Members of the Cedar Crest College community will view, Homeless to Harvard, a film based on a true story that chronicles the story of Liz Murray, a homeless teenager who overcomes a variety of obstacles to be accepted into Harvard University. The film will be shown in Oberkotter 1.

Tuesday, November 17, 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.—Daybreak Evening Meals

Volunteers from the Cedar Crest College community will serve a meal for the homeless, those with mental illness, and those with other challenges at the Daybreak organization in Allentown.

Wednesday, November 18, 8 p.m. to Midnight—Midnight Delights

Students will burn the midnight oil at the College’s Butz Fireside Lounge, in Butz Hall, to make homemade baked goods and treats for local shelter residents.

Thursday, November 19, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.—Victory House Meals for Veterans

Students will help cook and serve food at Victory House of the Lehigh Valley, a Bethlehem-based shelter that provides housing and counseling for homeless men.

Through Friday, November 20, 10 a.m.—Thanksgiving Dinner Boxes

The Lutz Center for Community Service, in collaboration with other campus organizations, is adopting families from New Bethany Ministries in Bethlehem for Thanksgiving. The campus community is currently assembling dinner boxes for these families, which will include everything needed for these families to enjoy a Thanksgiving Day feast. For more information about the Thanksgiving dinner boxes, contact Tammy Bean at tebean@cedarcrest.edu or call 610-606-4666, ext. 3392.

Friday and Saturday, November 20-21, 9:30 p.m. to 9:30 a.m.—Box City at Cedar Crest

Students will camp out overnight in boxes on the Tompkins Center terrace with limited necessities and conveniences. Additional students will serve as community members who will assist the citizens of Box City by providing them with supplies of food, clothing, shelter, and occasional company.