Janaiya Johnson

Janaiya Johnson

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday!  With one holiday passing, and several more approaching, the students of SPH have been involved in various service projects in the surrounding community to help organizations and families experiencing economic challenges this holiday season.

I am the Community Service Chair for Public Health Students of African Descent (PHSAD) and we collected food to create Thanksgiving Baskets.

With assistance from other student organizations, we were able to collect enough food to create four (4) holiday baskets which were donated to Bryant Community Center in Ann Arbor.

PHSAD Thanksgiving Baskets

Additionally, Public Health Student Association (PHSA) held a food drive, collecting over 300 pounds of food to donate to SOS Community Services.   I’m especially proud of my department, Health Behavior Health Education, which collected the most food out of all the departments. Go HBHE!!

If you would like to become involved, there are several opportunities to do so! Health Behavior Health Education Student Association (HBHESA) is holding a “Winter Warmth Drive” to collect items such as sweatshirts, hats, gloves, coats, hand warmers, scarves, blankets, sleeping bags, etc. The collection box will be located on the 3rd floor  of SPH I  in the student mailroom.

Additionally, food pantries such as Food Gatherers of Ann Arbor (www.foodgatherers.org) are always seeking the assistance of volunteers to serve food in the kitchen or organize donations. The SOS Community Service Center is seeking donations for their programs including Adopt-A-Family and Adopt-An-Apartment (http://www.soscs.org).  If you would like additional information, please visit their websites to find out how you can help.  While these are just a few examples of organizations of which I am aware, there are numerous organizations in Washtenaw County that would appreciate your assistance this holiday season (and all year round).

Happy Thanksgiving!

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