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Community service club camps out for hunger

The Penn State Berks community service club Berks Cares will host the second annual Camp Out for Hunger, an event designed to bring awareness to homelessness in Berks County, on Saturday, April 16, 2011 beginning at 9:00 p.m. This event is for students only; it is not open to the public.
"Last year, the students of Berks Cares were inspired by the Coalition to End Homelessness' initiatives to combat homelessness and hunger in our local community and designed the Camp Out event as a way to join the taskforce," explains Student Activities Coordinator Andrea Paff. “As a result of last year’s success, the Berks Cares members have invited representatives from each of the 41 organizations that are a part of the coalition to camp out with them and join them in their efforts this year.”

During this event, students will camp outside on campus overnight. The evening will open with an address from Sharon Parker, the Director of the Coalition to End Homelessness in Berks County, and a community resident who has been helped by the coalition’s program.

Last year, Berks Cares collected 461 pounds of nonperishable goods and collected $567 from local businesses who donated items for the raffle. This year, the club has set a goal of raising $1,000 and collecting 1,000 pounds of nonperishable goods to donate to the 41 local charitable organizations that comprise the Coalition to End Homelessness. The Berks Cares students and the Campus Activities Board are collecting monetary donations and various items including nonperishable goods, personal hygiene products, and gently used clothing.

Additionally, the students are seeking the support of local businesses to help sponsor the event by donating gift certificates and other items. The business donations will be displayed in the display case outside of the Freyberger Gallery in the Perkins Student Center, and the items will be raffled at the conclusion of the Camp Out event. All the proceeds will go to the coalition to disburse among the associated organizations.  

For more information or to make a donation, contact Andrea Pfaff, Student Activities Coordinator, at 610-396-6367 or via email AGP3@psu.edu.
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