Students learn the power of doing good works
Santo Marabella, professor of management, shares information and a plea from Rachael Hood, ’13, a student in his Doing Good at Work class:
With our class visit to New Bethany Ministries, we got to see firsthand how the less fortunate live their lives every day. New Bethany Ministries is an organization that provides two meals a day for those in South Bethlehem who cannot afford to feed themselves. This amazing organization provides people who are without a home a place to shower and rest during the day. They also provide food packages for families that cannot afford Thanksgiving dinner. This year, however, the shelter doesn’t have enough food or funds to create these Thanksgiving packages, meaning they will have to turn people away at the door when they run out of supplies.
Take a moment to imagine Thanksgiving without a turkey—without stuffing or gravy. Imagine a life where the next meal isn’t guaranteed. Our class is doing a fundraiser to raise money to help New Bethany Ministries to help these families. … If this works out, I know I will be thankful for a college that cares about its community and helps those in need.
Those interested in helping this class provide Thanksgiving dinners through New Bethany Ministries, may donate at the HUB desk every day until 4 p.m., Monday, November 19.
New Bethany Ministries is located at 339 W. 4th St., Bethlehem, and will be serving meals on Thanksgiving Day, November 22. They are in need of volunteers to help with cleanup from 12:45 p.m. to 2 p.m. To volunteer, call 610-691-5602 to register.
In addition, Everlasting Life Ministries at New Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church (224 N. 6th St., Allentown, 610-776-4009) will be serving two holiday meals: Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday, November 17, at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. The church also will provide Christmas dinner on Saturday, December 15 at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Volunteer servers are needed (arrive by 11 am for the 12:30 p.m. seating and by 2 p.m. for the 3 p.m. seating), and pre-registration is not required to volunteer. Donations of fresh or frozen turkeys and/or monetary donations (marked for Everlasting Life Ministries) may be dropped off at the church Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.