The students at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College conducted multiple service projects this fall to help give back to the Miami community and NEO students in need. To kick off the holiday season, the NEO Honors Program hosted a coat drive where they collected gently used coats, hats, scarves, and gloves. These items were added to Peggy’s Closet, which is a donation center on campus where students can receive different types of clothing free of charge.
In addition to the coat drive, the Student Body Government and several student organizations, in partnership with Sodexo, provided more than 35 Thanksgiving baskets to families in need. The students collected donated food items and Sodexo provided turkeys. NEO coordinated with the Ottawa County Boys and Girls Club to identify the families in need. The Boys and Girls Club distributed the baskets after NEO delivered them to their facility.
Shortly after the Thanksgiving food drive, students from the NEO Collegiate Farm Bureau club collected and donated an estimated amount of $1,000 worth of food to the Community Crisis Center to be used at the women’s shelter. “These initiatives give our students the opportunity to give back to the community and hopefully see the impact that it makes,” said Amy Ishmael, Vice President for Student Affairs.