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Plastic Ducks Raise Money for Turkeys

November 09, 2010

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Duck DrawA plastic duck might seem an unlikely starting point for a Thanksgiving turkey, but that has been exactly the case for the past six years on the Catawba College campus. Now for the seventh year, Catawba College's Residence Life staff will be using plastic ducks to raise money to buy turkeys, actually Thanksgiving turkey dinners for needy local families.

Since its inception, Catawba's annual Thanksgiving Dinner "Duck Draw" has raised money to feed more than 650 families, and this year, the goal is to provide at least 150 families with a Thanksgiving meal.

"The students, faculty and staff on campus all have fun with this project and view it as an opportunity for them to do something good during this holiday time of year for a local family in need," explained Catawba College Residence Life Director Sarah Rossini.

Since September 16, members of the Residence Life staff have been collecting $1 donations to sponsor each plastic duck that will be floated in a pool on campus in front of the Cannon Student Center at 11 a.m. shortly on Monday, November 15. At that time, the organizers will draw a number of ducks randomly from the pool. Each duck that is plucked from the water will have a number displayed on its bottom that corresponds to the number on a $1 ticket purchased by a member of either the college community or the community at large. These numbers also correspond to donated prizes from area merchants, ranging from haircuts to large pizzas, and gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses.

Proceeds from the Duck Draw, along with funds raised through other projects undertaken by the Residence Life staff, will underwrite the costs of providing the Thanksgiving meals. The Residence Life staff works with faculty and staff, local school agencies and local churches to select families that need assistance with Thanksgiving meal. Meals include a 10-12 pound turkey, rice, cranberry sauce, green beans, corn, stuffing mix, and a box of browning mix.


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