UWEC-LDSSA members recently joined with UWEC-ΒΥΣ in
their “Shoebox Project” to gather food and other items for local charities.
The UWEC chapter of ΒΥΣ (Beta Upsilon Sigma), a student
organization sponsored by the College of Business, carried out “the Shoebox
Project” in which they put boxes at various places around Eau Claire to
accept contributions for the needy. Their main objective was to collect
food for Eau Claire’s Feed My People Food Bank and St. Francis Food Pantry,
but they also accepted donations of other sorts as well.
where the LDSSA came into the picture. ΒΥΣ member Hannah
Olson contacted LDSSA faculty advisor Thomas Hilton (who also happens to be
her academic advisor) for a donation, and he passed the opportunity on to
the LDSSA. LDSSA president Josh Schmidt and others worked with the Eau
Claire Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints (aka Mormons) to
obtain a $500 donation for the project. After consultation with
ΒΥΣ community service chair Ashley Moore, students contacted
director of marketing at the United
Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley, who enthusiastically agreed to
accept the donation to help purchase winter coats, gloves, and other
clothing items for needy children in the Eau Claire area.
The presentation was officially made at the November
meeting on the Eau Claire campus, where Josh represented the LDSSA.
LDSSA president Josh Schmidt
(second from right) stands with ΒΥΣ and United Way
representatives at the conclusion of the Shoebox Project