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November 22, 2010

Law students give Thanksgiving meals to families in need

Baskets were delivered to River Road Elementary on Nov. 23

Forty Eugene area families will have a complete Thanksgiving meal they otherwise may not have had because of the efforts of Oregon Law students.

Each year, the law school’s Public Interest-Public Service (PIPS) student organization coordinates with River Road Elementary School to deliver baskets, complete with all the fixings for a full Thanksgiving meal (including a gift certificate for a turkey), to families in need. The baskets also include mittens, scarves, and other personal products for families, as well as small gifts and games for the children. Eugene 4J School District Health Service Program Manager Maxine Proskurowski serves as the point person for this student-run project.

Law students, faculty, and staff all get involved in this annual tradition, which started in 2005, and often adopt families and assemble baskets as groups. The assembled baskets were brought to the Knight Law Center commons area on Tuesday, Nov. 23, and PIPS board members transported the baskets to River Road Elementary.

PIPS also sponsors a canned food drive benefitting Food for Lane County. This year, Oregon Law faculty, staff, and students donated $801 and 2,065 cans of food.

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